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Kanishka Chowdhury

Professor of English / Director of American Culture & Difference Minor
Degree
M.A., Ph.D., Purdue University
B.A., St. Xavier's College, Calcutta (India)
At St. Thomas since 1993
Office
JRC 342
Phone
(651) 962-5646

 

I’m interested in the ways that culture, politics, ethics, and aesthetics intersect, so in all of my classes we analyze texts as part of complex social formations and in specific historical contexts. Recently, I’ve taught courses on cultural studies, immigrant literatures, Marxist theory, transnational literatures, and writing and resistance. I’ve also written on many of these topics, as well as on contemporary India—the connections between its emerging forms of citizenship and neoliberal economic changes. Lately I have been researching transnational human rights discourse, trying to understand more clearly how that discourse names, locates, and categorizes subjects who are positioned as victims of injustice.

 

 

 

 

Summer 2015 Courses

Summer 2015 Courses
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Fall 2015 Courses

Fall 2015 Courses
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ENGL 110 - P3 Intensive Writing - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 JRC 227
CRN: 40111 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Kanishka Chowdhury The course provides students with intensive practice in writing, enabling them to adapt to the demands of differing rhetorical contexts. Emphasis on understanding writing processes and learning to respond thoughtfully to writing at various stages. Critical reading will be practiced as an integral part of the writing process. Prerequisite: participation in the Academic Development Program

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ENGL 337 - 01 Literature & Social Change - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 JRC 222
CRN: 41781 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Kanishka Chowdhury The last fifty years have seen some dramatic changes in social, economic, and political systems across the world. Many of these changes have come about because of the concerted struggles of ordinary people to create a more just society. This class will highlight texts from these years—texts that have reflected moments of great social transformation, and texts that have served as catalysts for such social change. Concentrating on works from Colombia to India, from Palestine to the United States, we will consider the many connections between the word and the world. The course will focus specifically on the following struggles: the struggle against colonialism and racism; the struggle for sexual and gender equality; the struggle for citizenship rights; and the struggle against environmental degradation. We will end the course by paying attention to some recent movements for social change: the Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street, and Black Lives Matter. Texts will include Tsitsi Dangarembga’s NERVOUS CONDITIONS, Frantz Fanon’s THE WRETCHED OF THE EARTH, Gabriel García Márquez’s, ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE, Oscar Martinez’s THE BEAST, and Vandana Shiva's EARTH DEMOCRACY. This course satisfies the core Human Diversity requirement and the Diversity distribution requirement for English majors. Prerequisite: ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204.

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J-Term 2016 Courses

J-Term 2016 Courses
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