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Asian Studies

Atreyee Phukan

Associate Professor, English

Atreyee Phukan, PhD, teaches courses in world literature and post-colonial literature. Her research interests focus on contemporary literature and theory, in particular those of the Caribbean and South Asian diaspora.


Ph.D., Rutgers University, Comparative Literature (2006)
M.A., Carnegie Mellon University, Literary and Cultural Theory
M.A., St. Stephen's College, Delhi University; English
B.A., St. Stephen's College, Delhi University; English


Scholarly and Creative Work

Phukan has edited and authored works dealing with the subject of cultural and social transformation in post-colonial literature, the most recent of which is her editorial book Reading the ExoticSouth Asia and Its Others, a collection of essays that examine the fiction of South Asian authors who ironically use the trope of the exotic to challenge colonial stereotypes of South Asian identity. Other publications have appeared in The Journal of Caribbean Studies19th and 20th Century World Writers, and the collection Home and the WorldSouth Asia in Transition. Her current book project is a comparative study of slavery and indentureship in the Caribbean, which looks specifically at how Indo-Trinidadian authors articulate the relationship between indentureship and national identity in their novels.

Teaching Interests

Phukan offers courses in world literature, post-colonial studies, gender and literature, and literary theory. As a comparatist, her courses are designed to emphasize the connections rather than differences between societies and their histories. The importance of western colonization is central to her teaching of world and post-colonial literature, as also is the shaping role these literatures have had in contemporary perceptions of race, gender, and nationality. Because so much of her own research involves combining different artistic media, literary expressions are taught in tandem with creative productions in music, film, painting, and photography.