Atreyee Phukan, PhD

Atreyee Phukan
Phone: (619) 260-7634
Office: Founders Hall 180B

Chair and Associate Professor, English
Program Director, Interdisciplinary Humanities

  • PhD, Rutgers University, Comparative Literature (2006)
  • MA, Carnegie Mellon University, Literary and Cultural Theory
  • MA, St. Stephen's College, Delhi University, English
  • BA, St. Stephen's College, Delhi University, English

Areas of Expertise

Phukan’s research focuses on 20th century post-colonial world literature and theory, in particular those of the Caribbean and the global south. Her current book project is an examination of Indo-Caribbean literature, specifically Indo-Trinidadian, tracing in particular its affinity with dominant theories of cultural hybridity in the anglophone West Indies.

Scholarly Work

“South Asian migration and settlement stories,” in Caribbean Literature in Transition Volume One (1800

– 1920), eds. Evelyn O’Callaghan and Tim Watson (Cambridge University Press 2019)

“Contradictory Omens—Repatriation and resistance in Ismith Khan’s The Jumbie Bird,” in Beyond

WindrushRethinking Post-war West Indian Literature, J. Dillon Brown & Leah Rosenberg, eds.,

Jackson (University of Mississippi Press 2015)

South Asia and Its Others: Reading the Exotic, eds. Atreyee Phukan and V. G. Rajan (Cambridge

Scholars Press 2009)

“Landscapes of Sea and Snow: V. S. Naipaul’s Mimic Men,” in Journal of  Caribbean Literatures,

Volume 5, No. 2: 137-152 (January 2008)

Home and the World: South Asia in Transition, eds. Atreyee Phukan, V. G. Rajan, Shreerekha

Subramanian and Helen Fazio (Cambridge Scholars Press 2007)

Areas of Interest

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.