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Ranjana Khanna, Professor of English and Literature and Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies and Director, John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute of John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute

Ranjana Khanna
Office Location:  304GH Allen Bldg, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 684-2741
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Teaching (Fall 2021):

  • Aaas 390s.03, Special topics Synopsis
    Smith wrhs 177, TuTh 08:30 AM-09:45 AM
    (also cross-listed as CULANTH 290S.03, ENGLISH 390S-7.05, LIT 390S.03, ROMST 390S.03)
  • English 590s-4.01, Sp top criticism/theory/meth Synopsis
    Reuben-coo 128, TuTh 12:00 PM-01:15 PM
Office Hours:

Fall 2021 Office Hours:

T 10-11am B193 Smith Warehouse Bay 4/5

Th 2-3pm 304GH Allen Bldg

By appointment over zoom; contact Avery Rhoades for an appointment:

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


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

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.

Representative Publications   (More Publications)
  1. Khanna, R. Algeria Cuts: Women and Representation, 1830 to the Present. November, 2007.
  2. "Frames, Contexts, Community, Justice."  Summer 2003. However, the issue appeared in November 2005. Diacritics 33:2 (2005): 11-41.
  3. Khanna, R. "Signatures of the Impossible." Duke Journal of Law and Gender Policy  (2004).
  4. Khanna, R. Dark Continents: Psychoanalysis and Colonialism.  Duke University Press, April, 2003.
  5. 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  (2002): 21-45.
  6. Khanna, R. "Taking a stand for Afghanistan: Women and the left." Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 28:1 (Fall, 2002): 464-465. [Gateway.cgi], [doi]
  7. Khanna, R. "The Experience of Evidence: Language, Law and the Mockery of Justice." Algeria in and Out of French  (January, 2001).
  8. Khanna, R. "The Ambiguity of Ethics: Specters of Colonialism." Feminist Consequences: Theory for the New Century  (January, 2001).
  9. Khanna, R. "’Araby’ (Dubliners): Women’s Time and the Time of the Nation."  Refereed Joyce, Feminism, Colonialism/Postcolonialism/European Joyce Studies  (1998): 81-101.
  10. Khanna, R. "From Third to Fourth Cinema." Third Text  (1998): 13-32.
  11. Khanna, R. "The Construction of the Dark Continent: Agency as Autobiography." Women’s Lives/Women’s Times  (December, 1997): 103-20.
  12. with Khanna, R; Engle, K. "Forgotten History: Myth, Empathy, and Assimilated Culture." Feminism and the New Democracy  (1997): 67-80.
  13. Khanna, R. "Feminism and Psychoanalysis: Repetition, Repression and the Unconscious." New Directions in Cognitive Science  (1995): 358-67.

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