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Faculty: Ranjana Khanna  

Ranjana Khanna
Title: Professor of English and Literature and Director, John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute of John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute and Professor of Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies
Office Location: 304GH Allen Bldg, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone: (919) 668-2548
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Tuesday & Thursday 1:40 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.


  • Ph.D., University of York, 1993
  • B.A., University of York, 1988

Research Interests:  

Ranjana Khanna works on Anglo- and Francophone Postcolonial theory and literature, Psychoanalysis, and Feminist theory. She has published articles on transnational feminism, psychoanalysis, autobiography, postcolonial agency, multiculturalism in an international context, postcolonial Joyce, Area Studies and Women's Studies, and Algerian 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). Her current book project in progress is entitled "Asylum: The Concept and the Practice."

Representative Publications   (More Publications)


  • Khanna, R. Algeria Cuts: Women and Representation, 1830 to the Present. November, 2007 .
  • Khanna, R. Dark Continents: Psychoanalysis and Colonialism.  Duke University Press, April, 2003 .
Articles in a Collection
  •  "Frames, Contexts, Community, Justice."  2005, 11-41. (Summer 2003. However, the issue appeared in November 2005.)
  • Khanna, R. "Signatures of the Impossible."  2004.
  • with Khanna, R; Burton, B; Ibryamova, N; Mazurana, DE; Mendoza, SL. "Cartographies of Scholarship: The Ends of Nation-States, International Studies, and the Cold War." Encompassing Gender: Integrating International Studies and Women’s Studies Ed. Lay, MM; Monk, J; Rosenfelt, DS. The Feminist Press, 2002, 21-45.
  • Khanna, R. "Taking a stand for Afghanistan: Women and the left."  University of Chicago Press, Fall, 2002, 464-465. [Gateway.cgi], [doi]
  • Khanna, R. "The Experience of Evidence: Language, Law and the Mockery of Justice." Algeria in and Out of French Ed. Berger, A. Cornell UP, January, 2001.
  • Khanna, R. "The Ambiguity of Ethics: Specters of Colonialism." Feminist Consequences: Theory for the New Century Ed. Bronfen, E; Kavka, M. Columbia UP, January, 2001.
  • Khanna, R. "’Araby’ (Dubliners): Women’s Time and the Time of the Nation."  Ed. Jones, EC. Rodopi, 1998, 81-101. (Refereed)
  • Khanna, R. "From Third to Fourth Cinema."  1998, 13-32.
  • Khanna, R. "The Construction of the Dark Continent: Agency as Autobiography." Women’s Lives/Women’s Times Ed. Broughton, T; Anderson, L. SUNY, December, 1997, 103-20.
  • with Khanna, R; Engle, K. "Forgotten History: Myth, Empathy, and Assimilated Culture." Feminism and the New Democracy Ed. Dean, J. Sage Press, 1997, 67-80.
  • Khanna, R. "Feminism and Psychoanalysis: Repetition, Repression and the Unconscious." New Directions in Cognitive Science Ed. Pylkko, P; Pylkannen, P. Finnish Artificial Intellegence Society, 1995, 358-67.

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