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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 2016 Courses

Summer 2016 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
GENG 699 - 02 Master's Essay - - - - - - - -
CRN: 30542 3 Credit Hours Instructor: Kanishka Chowdhury

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Fall 2016 Courses

Fall 2016 Courses
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ENGL 110 - PW3 Intensive Writing - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 JRC 227
CRN: 40098 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 217 - L01 Cntmp. US Immigrant Narratives - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 JRC 222
CRN: 40402 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Kanishka Chowdhury It is common, especially during the election season, to hear politicians proclaim “truths” and “facts” about immigrants’ lives, even though most of them have little experience of the complex realities of those lives. There is, for instance, no such thing as a homogenous immigrant experience. An immigrant’s life in this country is determined by multiple factors, such as race, class, gender, sexuality, national origin, and religion. In this course, we will study a range of post-9/11 immigrant narratives, focusing on the multiple ways in which immigrants have negotiated questions related to citizenship, state persecution, segregated labor practices, historical memory, and intergenerational conflicts over the last fifteen years. We will read works by writers such as Teju Cole, Edwidge Danticatt, Mohsin Hamid, Cristina Henríquez, Jhumpa Lahiri, Óscar Martínez, and Dinaw Mengestu. We will also read a range of theoretical and historical works that will help us understand the social, political, and economic factors that determine the realities of these myriad lives. Students will be responsible for a comprehensive presentation and will write blogs, short papers, and a research paper. This course satisfies the core Human Diversity requirement and the Diversity Literature distribution requirement for English majors. Prerequisite: ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204.

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J-Term 2017 Courses

J-Term 2017 Courses
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