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

Ranjana Khanna
Office Location:  304D Allen Building
Office Phone:  (919) 668-2548
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Teaching (Fall 2015):

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

Tuesdays 2:15 - 3:45pm

  • Ph.D. University of York 1993
  • B.A. (honors) University of York 1988


Critical Theory
Postcolonial Literature
Gender & Sexuality Studies
Modern to Contemporary
Research Interests:

Ranjana Khanna is Margaret Taylor Smith Director of Women's Studies and 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.

Representative Publications   (More Publications)
  1.  Algeria Cuts: Women and Representation, 1830 to the Present. November, November, 2007.
  2. "Frames, Contexts, Community, Justice."  Summer 2003. However, the issue appeared in November 2005. Diacritics 33:2 (2005): 11-41.
  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  (2002): 21-45.
  8. "The Experience of Evidence: Language, Law and the Mockery of Justice." Algeria in and Out of French  (January, Jan. 2001).
  9. "The Ambiguity of Ethics: Specters of Colonialism." Feminist Consequences: Theory for the New Century  (January, 2001).
  10. "From Third to Fourth Cinema." Third Text  (1998): 13-32.
  11. "'Araby' (Dubliners): Women's Time and the Time of the Nation."  Refereed Joyce, Feminism, Colonialism/Postcolonialism/European Joyce Studies  (1998): 81-101.
  12. "The Construction of the Dark Continent: Agency as Autobiography." Women's Lives/Women's Times  (December, Dec. 1997): 103-20.
  13. with R. Khanna and Karen Engle. "Forgotten History: Myth, Empathy, and Assimilated Culture." Feminism and the New Democracy  (1997): 67-80.
  14. "Feminism and Psychoanalysis: Repetition, Repression and the Unconscious." New Directions in Cognitive Science  (1995): 358-67.

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