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Ranjana KhannaRanjana Khanna  
Professor of English, Literature, and Women's Studies

Office Location: 304D Allen Building
Office Phone: (919) 668-2548
Email Address: ranjana.khanna@duke.edu

Teaching (Fall, 2015):

  • English 890s.02, Special topics seminar Synopsis
    Keohane 4b 402 sem, W 12:00 PM-02:30 PM

Office Hours:

By appointment


Ph.D., University of York

B.A. (honors), University of York

Critical Theory
Postcolonial Literature
Gender & Sexuality Studies
Modern to Contemporary
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. Her current book manuscript in progress is called: Asylum: The Concept and the Practice.

Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1.  Algeria Cuts: Women and Representation, 1830 to the Present.  November, 2007.
  2. "Frames, Contexts, Community, Justice." Diacritics 33.2 (2005): 11-41.  Summer 2003. However, the issue appeared in November 2005.
  3. R. Khanna. "Signatures of the Impossible." Duke Journal of Law and Gender Policy  (2004)
  4. "Latent Ghosts and the Manifesto." Art History: Journal of the Association of Art Historians 26.2 (April, 2003): 244-286.
  5.  Dark Continents: Psychoanalysis and Colonialism. Duke University Press, April, 2003.
  6. "Taking a Stand for Afghanistan." Signs 28.1 (Fall, 2002): 464-5.
  7. with R. Khanna, Barbara Burton, Nouray Ibryamova, Dyan Ellen Mazurana, and S. Lily Mendoza. "Cartographies of Scholarship: The Ends of Nation-States, International Studies, and the Cold War." Encompassing Gender: Integrating International Studies and Women's Studies. Ed. Mary M. Lay, Janice Monk, Deborah S. Rosenfelt. The Feminist Press, 2002. 21-45.
  8. "The Experience of Evidence: Language, Law and the Mockery of Justice." Algeria in and Out of French. Ed. Anne Berger. Cornell UP, Jan. 2001.
  9. "The Ambiguity of Ethics: Specters of Colonialism." Feminist Consequences: Theory for the New Century. Ed. Elisabeth Bronfen and Misha Kavka. Columbia UP, 2001. 
  10. "From Third to Fourth Cinema." Third Text  (1998): 13-32.
  11. "'Araby' (Dubliners): Women's Time and the Time of the Nation." Joyce, Feminism, Colonialism/Postcolonialism/European Joyce Studies Ed. Ellen Carol Jones. Rodopi, (1998): 81-101.  Refereed
  12. "The Construction of the Dark Continent: Agency as Autobiography." Women's Lives/Women's Times. Ed. Treva Broughton and Linda Anderson. SUNY, Dec. 1997. 103-20.
  13. with R. Khanna and Karen Engle. "Forgotten History: Myth, Empathy, and Assimilated Culture." Feminism and the New Democracy. Ed. Jodie Dean. Sage Press, 1997. 67-80.
  14. "Feminism and Psychoanalysis: Repetition, Repression and the Unconscious." New Directions in Cognitive Science. Ed. Pauli Pylkko and Paavo Pylkannen. Finnish Artificial Intellegence Society, 1995. 358-67.

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