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Is the 'Early' in 'Early Modern' the Same as the 'Early' in 'Early Colonial'?

Is the 'Early' in 'Early Modern' the Same as the 'Early' in 'Early Colonial'?
15 King's College Circle, UC140
Time: Feb 14th, 4:30 pm End: Feb 14th, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: Women & Gender Studies (FAS), South Asian, Sexual Diversity, History (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC), English and Drama (UTM), English (UTSC), English (FAS), Drama, Theatre, Performance Studies (FAS), Diaspora/Transnational, Comparative Literature (FAS), 2000-, 1950-2000, 1900-1950, 1800-1900, 1500-1800
Alexander Lecture by Ania Loomba, English, University of Pennsylvania

University College is pleased to present the Alexander Lecture of 2013

Ania Loomba

Is the 'Early' in 'Early Modern' the Same as the 'Early' in 'Early Colonial'?

Ania Loomba received her BA (Hons.), M. A., and M. Phil. degrees from the University of Delhi, India, and her Ph. D. from the University of Sussex, UK. She researches and teaches early modern literature, histories of race and colonialism, postcolonial studies, feminist theory, and contemporary Indian literature and culture. She currently holds the Catherine Bryson Chair in the English department at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also faculty in Comparative Literature, South Asian Studies, and Women's Studies, and her courses are regularly cross-listed with these programs.

Her writings include Gender, Race, Renaissance Drama (Manchester University Press; 1989; Oxford University Press, 1992) Colonialism/ Postcolonialism (Routledge, 1998; second edition, 2005; with Italian, Turkish, Japanese, Swedish and Indonesian editions) and Shakespeare, Race, and Colonialism (Oxford University Press, 2002). She has co-edited Post-colonial Shakespeares (Routledge, 1998); Postcolonial Studies and Beyond (Duke University Press, 2005), and Race in Early Modern England: A Documentary Companion (Palgrave, 2007). She is series editor (with David Johnson of the Open University, UK) of Postcolonial Literary Studies (Edinburgh University Press).

Her latest publications are a collection of essays South Asian Feminisms (co-edited with Ritty A. Lukose, Duke University Press, 2012) and a critical edition of Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra (Norton, 2011)

She is currently working on the lives of left-wing Indian women of the 1940s and 1950s, and co-editing (with Melissa Sanchez) Rethinking Feminism: Gender, Race and Sexuality in the Early Modern World.

This event is free and open to the public.  For further information, please contact University College at (416) 978-7416.

The Alexander Lectures were founded in 1928 in memory of Professor W.J. Alexander, Head of the Department of English at University College from 1889 to 1926. Accordingly, the subject matter of the Alexander lectures is literature.



Professor Loomba will also teach a masterclass on the topic "Is Gender a Useful Category of Global Analysis" on 15 February at 2:00 p.m. to a limited group of graduate students and faculty members.  To register for the masterclass, click HERE. For further information about the masterclass, please contact Kim Yates at (416) 946-0313.


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