Ranjana Khanna

Ranjana Khanna

Professor of Literature

External address: 
304GH Allen Bldg, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Duke Box 90015, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 668-2548
Office Hours: 
Tuesday & Thursday 1:40 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.

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 (United Kingdom) 1993
  • B.A., University of York (United Kingdom) 1988

Khanna, R. “The Construction of the Dark Continent: Agency as Autobiography.” Women’s Lives/Women’s Times, edited by Treva Broughton and Linda Anderson, SUNY, 1997, pp. 103–20.

Khanna, R., and Karen Engle. “Forgotten History: Myth, Empathy, and Assimilated Culture.” Feminism and the New Democracy, edited by Jodie Dean, Sage Press, 1997, pp. 67–80.

Khanna, R. “Feminism and Psychoanalysis: Repetition, Repression and the Unconscious.” New Directions in Cognitive Science, edited by Pauli Pylkko and Paavo Pylkannen, Finnish Artificial Intellegence Society, 1995, pp. 358–67.


Khanna, R. “Unbelonging: In motion.” Differences, vol. 21, no. 1, Aug. 2010, pp. 109–23. Scopus, doi:10.1215/10407391-2009-020. Full Text

Khanna, R. Hope, Demand and the Perpetual. Duke University Press, 2010.

Khanna, R. “Disposability.” Differences, vol. 20, no. 1, Aug. 2009, pp. 181–98. Scopus, doi:10.1215/10407391-2008-021. Full Text

Mansoor, Jaleh, editor. The Age of Asylum: Mona Hatoum. Duke University Press, 2009.

Khanna, R. “Indignity.” Positions, vol. 16, no. 1, Jan. 2008. Scopus, doi:10.1215/10679847-2007-011. Full Text

Khanna, R. “From Rue Morgue to Rue des Iris.” Screen, vol. 48, no. 2, Dec. 2007, pp. 237–44. Scopus, doi:10.1093/screen/hjm021. Full Text

Khanna, R. “Indignity.” Ethnic and Racial Studies, vol. 30, no. 2, Mar. 2007, pp. 257–80. Scopus, doi:10.1080/01419870601143943. Full Text

Khanna, R. “Post-Palliative.” Postcolonial Text, vol. 2, 2006.

Khanna, R. “Asylum.” Texas International Law Journal, vol. 41, 2006, pp. 471–90.

Khanna, R. “On asylum and genealogy.” South Atlantic Quarterly, vol. 104, no. 2, Dec. 2005, pp. 371–80. Scopus, doi:10.1215/00382876-104-2-371. Full Text