Vikrant Dadawala is a doctoral candidate in English and Cinema Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in postcolonial studies, world literature, and world cinema. His dissertation project, The Decades of Disillusionment: India and the World 1960-1980, is a study of postcolonial moha bhang ['broken love', 'disillusionment'] in modern Indian literature in Hindi and English. His work places Indian texts in dialogue with a wide range of transnational phenomena: from Allen Ginsberg’s global celebrity status to the evolution of the Maoist prison memoir, from the agrarian “Green Revolution” to the cinematic revolutions of French New Wave cinema and Latin American Third Cinema. Other broad fields of interest include: South African literature, the postcolonial Cold War world, and nonfiction cinema.
Prior to coming to Penn, Vikrant received a M.A in Development Studies from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (India), and worked as a news reporter in Mumbai. At Penn, Vikrant has been the co-ordinator of the Latitudes graduate working group (2016-17) and has served as funding librarian on the board of the Graduate English Association (2017-18). He currently teaches an undergraduate course on modern South Asian literature at Rutgers University (Fall 2019).