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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 2018 Courses

Summer 2018 Courses
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GENG 698 - 01 Independent Reading - - - - - - - -

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Course Registration Number:

30660 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

3 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Kanishka Chowdhury

Students will work closely with a faculty mentor on independent research. This research will involve substantial individualized reading, writing, and research.

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Fall 2018 Courses

Fall 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 110 - PW4 Intensive Writing - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 JRC 301

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1330 - 1510

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JRC 301

Course Registration Number:

42455 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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 203 - W24 Literature of Anti-Racism - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 OEC 206

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1525 - 1700

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OEC 206

Course Registration Number:

42531 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Kanishka Chowdhury

This course will investigate the recent upsurge in racially marked politics in the United States and the widespread opposition to its many manifestations. Students will get a brief sense of the long history of anti-racist writings in the U.S. and read contemporary works by writers such as Ta-Nehisi Coates, Claudia Rankine, Ana Castillo, Celeste Ng, and others. The writing load for this course is a minimum of 15 pages of formal revised writing. This course satisfies the Writing Across the Curriculum Writing Intensive requirement.

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J-Term 2019 Courses

J-Term 2019 Courses
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