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Aarthi VaddeAarthi Vadde  
Associate Professor

Office Location: 303-I Allen Building, Box 90015, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone: 919-613-0424
Email Address: aarthi.vadde@duke.edu
Web Page: https://duke.box.com/s/2jeouwrzda9o9hzfun9cc298u6pu9bqg

Teaching (Fall, 2021):

  • English 190fs-2.03, Focus prog sem lit (top) Synopsis
    Perkins 072, MW 01:45 PM-03:00 PM

Office Hours:

Fall 2021 Office Hours:

Mondays and Wednesdays 12:30-1:30 PM by appointment


Ph.D., University of Wisconsin - Madison

M.A., University of Wisconsin - Madison

A.B., Columbia University

BA, Columbia University

Modern to Contemporary
Postcolonial Literature
The Novel
Critical Theory
Aarthi Vadde works in the fields of British and Anglophone literature with particular interests in the history of migration and globalization, theories of internationalism, the environmental humanities, and media studies. Her current book project, entitled “Chimeras of Form: Modernist Internationalism beyond Europe, 1914-2014” (forthcoming Columbia UP) reformulates the concept of modernist internationalism against the backdrop of a globalizing modernity. Tracing the convergence between literary formal experimentation and "chimerical" political theories of internationalism in works from across South Asia, Europe, the Caribbean, and North America, this study disturbs and diversifies the practices usually associated with modernism’s evolution and its legacies. More broadly, it shows how modernist literature mediates impasses in transnational cultural critique and contributes to the intellectual history of globalization. She is also at work on a second book project about amateurism as it brings literary history into conversation with digital culture, environmentalism, and the sociology of expertise within rapidly changing knowledge cultures. Vadde joined Duke after completing a postdoctoral fellowship in the English Department at Harvard. A list of her scholarly publications can be found below. An interview-based publication is available at the Kenan Institute for Ethics.

Curriculum Vitae
Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Vadde, A. "Narratives of Migration, Immigration, and Interconnection." The Cambridge Companion to British Fiction since 1945. Ed. James, D. Cambridge University Press, 2015. 61-75. [doi]  [abs]
  2. Vadde, A. "Megalopolis Now."   [megalopolis-now]  [abs]
  3. Vadde, A. "Putting foreignness to the test: Rabindranath Tagore's Babu English." Comparative Literature 65.1Duke University Press, (December, 2013): 15-25. [doi]  [abs]
  4. Vadde, A. "National myth, transnational memory: Ondaatje's archival method." Novel a Forum on Fiction 45.2Duke University Press, (Summer, 2012): 257-275. [Gateway.cgi], [doi]  [abs]
  5. Vadde, A. "Reading deliriously." Novel a Forum on Fiction 45.1Duke University Press, (Spring, 2012): 23-26. [Gateway.cgi], [doi]  [abs]
  6. A. Vadde. "“Guidance in Perplexity: Recasting Postcolonial Politics in J.M. Coetzee’s Elizabeth Costello”." ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature. Vol. 41.3-4 (2010): 231-249..  [abs] [author's comments]
  7. Vadde, A. "The backwaters sphere: Ecological collectivity, cosmopolitanism, and Arundhati Roy." Mfs: Modern Fiction Studies 55.3 (January, 2009): 522-544. [doi]

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