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Ania Loomba

Catherine Bryson Professor of English

Fisher-Bennett Hall 242

Office Hours

spring 2018

On leave

Ania Loomba received her BA (Hons.), M. A., and M. Phil. degrees from the University of Delhi, India, and her Ph. D. from the University of Sussex, UK. She researches and teaches early modern literature, histories of race and colonialism, postcolonial studies, feminist theory, and contemporary Indian literature and culture. She currently holds the Catherine Bryson Chair in the English department. She is also faculty in Comparative Literature, South Asian Studies, and Women's Studies, and her courses are regularly cross-listed with these programs.

Her writings include Gender, Race, Renaissance Drama (Manchester University Press; 1989; Oxford University Press, 1992) Colonialism/ Postcolonialism (Routledge, 1998; second edition, 2005; third edition 2015; Italian, Turkish, Japanese, Swedish and Indonesian editions) and Shakespeare, Race, and Colonialism (Oxford University Press, 2002). She has co-edited Post-colonial Shakespeares (Routledge, 1998); Postcolonial Studies and Beyond (Duke University Press, 2005), Race in Early Modern England: A Documentary Companion (Palgrave, 2007) and South Asian Feminisms (co-edited with Ritty A. Lukose, Duke University Press, 2012) []. She is series editor (with David Johnson of the Open University, UK) of Postcolonial Literary Studies (Edinburgh University Press). She has also produced a critical edition of Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra (Norton, 2011) []

Her latest publications include Rethinking Feminism in Early Modern Studies: Gender, Race and Sexuality (co-edited with Melissa Sanchez; Routledge, 2016) []; essays on early modern global contact; on race and embodiment; caste and its implications for understanding racial philosophies, and race in modern India. 

Her forthcoming book, Revolutionary Desires: women, communism, and feminism in India (Routledge 2018), explores the histories and subjectivities of militant-nationalist and communist women from the 1920s till the late 1950s.  It traces how they shaped a new political and feminist subject, in collaboration as well as contestation with mainstream nationalist, liberal-feminist, and European left-wing models of womanhood. Also forthcoming is an edited collection A Cultural History of Western Empires in the Renaissance (Bloomsbury, 2018). 


Doctoral Dissertations Chaired


Monika Bhagat-Kennedy "Imagining Bharat: Romance, Heroism, and Hindu Nationalism in the Bengali Novel, 1880-1920"


Ashley L. Cohen "'The Global Indies: Reading the Imaginative Geography of British Empire, 1763-1871.'"


Poulomi Saha ""Revolutionary Desires: Gender and National Attachment in Colonial and Postcolonial Bengal""

Courses Taught

spring 2018

ENGL 294.401 Global Feminisms  
ENGL 769.401 Feminisms and Postcolonialities canceled  

fall 2017

ENGL 031.001 The Global Renaissance  
ENGL 103.401 Narrative Across Cultures  

spring 2017

ENGL 031.001 The Global Renaissance  
ENGL 103.401 Narrative Across Cultures  

fall 2016

ENGL 296.401 Global Feminism  

fall 2015

ENGL 103.401 Narrative Across Cultures  

spring 2015

ENGL 294.401 Global Feminisms  

fall 2014

ENGL 103.402 Narrative Across Cultures  

fall 2013

ENGL 103.402 Narrative Across Cultures  

spring 2013

fall 2012

spring 2012

ENGL 101.401 Shakespeare and Film  
ENGL 800.301 Pedagogy  

fall 2011

ENGL 395.401 Theater and the World  

spring 2011

ENGL 093.401 Postcolonial Literature  
ENGL 231.301 Renaissance Drama  

fall 2010

ENGL 769.401 Postcolonial Feminisms  

spring 2009

ENGL 101.001 Shakespeare  
ENGL 800.301 Pedagogy  

fall 2008

ENGL 016.402 Literature and Empire  

spring 2008

ENGL 800.301 Pedagogy  

fall 2007

ENGL 231.301 Shakespeare and Empire  

spring 2006

fall 2005

spring 2005

ENGL 231.301 Shakespeare and Empire  
ENGL 595.401 The Question of Empire  

spring 2004

ENGL 293.401 Engendering the Nation  

fall 2003

spring 2003

ENGL 293.301 Engendering the Nation