Professor of Literature
Ranjana Khanna is Professor of English, Women's Studies, and the Literature Program at Duke University. She works on Anglo- and Francophone Postcolonial theory and literature, and Film, Psychoanalysis, and Feminist theory. She has published widely on transnational feminism, psychoanalysis, and postcolonial and feminist theory, literature, and film. She is the author of Dark Continents: Psychoanalysis and Colonialism (Duke University Press, 2003) and Algeria Cuts: Women and Representation 1830 to the present (Stanford University Press, 2008.) She has published in journals like Differences, Signs, Third Text, Diacritics, Screen, Art History, positions, SAQ, Feminist Theory, and Public Culture. Her current book manuscripts in progress are called: Asylum: The Concept and the Practice and Technologies of Unbelonging.
- Ph.D., University of York 1993
- B.A., University of York 1988
Seminars in Historical, Global, and Emerging Humanities awarded by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2018
Promoting International Perspectives at the Feminist Theory Workshop awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2009 to 2010
Khanna, R. Asylum: The Concept and the Practice. 2009.
Khanna, R. Technologies of Unbelonging. 2009.
Khanna, R. Algeria Cuts: Women and Representation, 1830 to the Present. 2007.
Khanna, R. Dark Continents: Psychoanalysis and Colonialism. Duke University Press, 2003.
Khanna, R. “The stranger at the gate: An interview.” Against Life, 2016, pp. 257–67.
Khanna, R. “Hope, Demand and the Perpetual.” Unconscious Dominions: Psychoanalysis, Colonial Trauma, and Global Sovereignties, Duke University Press, 2010.
Khanna, R. “Isaac Julien: Paradise Omeros.” Gerst Foundation Catalogue, 2010.
Khanna, R. “Psychoanalysis before 1966.” Blackwell Encyclopedia of Literary Theory, 2010.
Khanna, R. “The Age of Asylum: Mona Hatoum.” Communities of Sense, edited by Jaleh Mansoor, Duke University Press, 2009.
Khanna, R. “Fabric, Skin, Honte-ologie.” Shame and the Visual Arts, Routledge, 2008.
Khanna, R., and Srinivas Aravamudan. “Interview with Fredric Jameson.” Ed. Ian Buchanan, Fredric Jameson, Jameson on Jameson: Conversations on Cultural Marxism, Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2007, 2007, pp. 203–40.
Khanna, R. “Frames, Contexts, Community, Justice.” Meaning, Frame, and Metaphor, edited by Joyce Goggim and Michael Burke, University of Amsterdam Press, 2003, pp. 149–71.
Khanna, R., et al. “Cartographies of Scholarship: The Ends of Nation-States, International Studies, and the Cold War.” Encompassing Gender: Integrating International Studies and Women’s Studies, edited by Mary M. Lay et al., The Feminist Press, 2002, pp. 21–45.
Khanna, R. “The Experience of Evidence: Language, Law and the Mockery of Justice.” Algeria in and Out of French, edited by Anne Berger, Cornell UP, 2001.
Khanna, R. “Speculation; Or, living in the face of the intolerable.” Journal of Middle East Women’S Studies, vol. 14, no. 1, Mar. 2018, pp. 109–15. Scopus, doi:10.1215/15525864-4297159. Full Text
Khanna, R. “The lumpenproletariat, the subaltern, the mental asylum.” South Atlantic Quarterly, vol. 112, no. 1, Dec. 2013, pp. 129–43. Scopus, doi:10.1215/00382876-1891287. Full Text
Khanna, R. “Racial France, or the melancholic alterity of postcolonial studies.” Public Culture, vol. 23, no. 1, Dec. 2011, pp. 191–99. Scopus, doi:10.1215/08992363-2010-022. Full Text
Khanna, R. Hope, Demand and the Perpetual. Duke University Press, 2010.