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Tejaswini Niranjana



Academic Qualifications:

  • 1988: Ph.D., Department of English, University of California, Los Angeles.
  • 1982: M.Phil., Centre for Advanced Study in Linguistics, University of Poona.
  • 1981: M.A. in English and Aesthetics, Department of English, University of Bombay.
  • 1979: B.A. in English, Economics and Sociology, Bangalore University.





  • Mobilising India: Women, Migration and Music between India and Trinidad ( Durham: Duke University Press, 2006). 
  • Siting Translation: History, Post-Structuralism and the Colonial Context, (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1992).
  • Burnt Smoke and Wood Ash, poems (Bangalore: Christ College Kannada Sangha, 1978).
Edited Volumes
  • Special Issue of Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, “Feminisms in Asia”, (3:3, December 2002).
  • Special Issue of the Journal of Arts and Ideas, “Gender, Media and the Rhetorics of Liberalization” (Nos.32-33, 1999).
  • Special Issue of the Journal of Arts and Ideas, "Careers of Modernity" (Nos. 25 and 26, 1993).
  • With P. Sudhir and Vivek Dhareshwar, Interrogating Modernity: Culture and Colonialism in India (Calcutta: Seagull Books, 1993).
  • With Seemanthini Niranjana, in Kannada, Streevaadi Vimarshe [Feminist Literary Criticism in India] (Bangalore: Kannada Sangha, Christ College, 1994).


Articles in Books

  • “Vigilantism and the Pleasures of Masquerade: The Female Spectators of Vijayasanthi Films”, in Preben Kaarsholm (ed.), City Flicks (Occasional Papers: Roskilde University, 2002).
  • “Nationalism Refigured: Contemporary South Indian Cinema and the Subject of Feminism”, in Partha Chatterjee and Pradeep Jeganathan (eds.), Community, Gender and Violence: Subaltern Studies XI (Delhi: Permanent Black, 2000).
  • (with Vivek Dhareshwar), “Kaadalan and the Politics of Resignification”, in Ravi Vasudevan (ed.), Making Meaning in Indian Cinema (Delhi: OUP, 2000).
  • “’Left to the Imagination’: Indian Nationalisms and Female Sexuality in Trinidad”, in Mary E.John and Janaki Nair (eds.), A Question of Silence? The Sexual Economies of Modern India (Delhi: Kali for Women, 1998).
  • (with Susie Tharu) "Problems for a Contemporary Theory of Gender", in Shahid Amin and Dipesh Chakrabarty (eds.), Subaltern Studies IX (Delhi: OUP, 1996).
  • "Colonialism and the Politics of Translation", in An Other Tongue: Nation and Ethnicity in the Linguistic Borderlands, ed. Alfred Arteaga (Durham: Duke Univ. Press, 1994).
  • "Colonialism and the Aesthetics of Translation", in Interrogating Modernity, eds. Tejaswini Niranjana, P. Sudhir and Vivek Dhareshwar (Calcutta: Seagull Books, 1993).
  • "Whose Culture is It? Contesting the Modern", in A Way of Leaving So As To Stay, Essays in Honour of S.Viswanathan, eds. S.Marathe et.al. (Madras: T.R.Publications, 1993).
  • "'History, Really Beginning': Compulsions of Post-colonial Pedagogy", in The Lie of the Land: English Literary Studies in India, ed. Rajeswari Sunder Rajan (Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1992).
  • "Translation, Colonialism, and the Rise of English", in Rethinking English: Essays in Literature, Language, History, ed. Svati Joshi (Delhi: Trianka, 1992).
  • "Maadhavi matthu Itihaasada Punarucchaara", with Seemanthini Niranjana, in Anupama Abhinandana (Puttur: Kannada Sangha, 1988).
  • "Remembrance and Survival: On Translating Niranjana", in Niranjana Abhinandana (Puttur: Kannada Sangha, 1986).


Articles in Journals

  • “Alternative Frames? Questions for Comparative Research in the Third World”, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies 1:1 (2000), 97-108.
  • “Reworking Masculinities: Rajkumar and the Kannada Public Sphere”, Economic and Political WeeklyNovember 18, 2000), pp. 4147-4150.
  • “Questions for Feminist Film Studies”, Journal of the Moving Image, 1:1 (1999).
  • “’Left to the Imagination’: Indian Nationalisms and Female Sexuality in Trinidad”, Public Culture 27 (1999).
  • (with Mary E.John), “Mirror Politics: Fire, Hindutva and Indian Culture”, Economic and Political WeeklyXXXIV: March 6-13, 1999), 581-84.
  •   (with S.V.Srinivas) "Managing the Crisis: Bharateeyudu and the Ambivalence of Being 'Indian'", Economic and Political Weekly XXXI:48 (November 30, 1996), 3129-34.
  • (with Vivek Dhareshwar) "Kaadalan and the Politics of Resignification: Fashion, Violence and the Body", 29 (Jan.1996), 5-26.
  • "Banning Bombayi: Nationalism, Communalism and Gender", Economic and Political Weekly XXX:22 (June 3, 1995), 1291-92.
  • "Gravity of the State", Economic and Political Weekly XXIX:44 (Oct.29, 1994), 2883-84.
  • "Roja Revisited", Economic and Political Weekly XXIX:21 (May 21, 1994), 1299.

(with Susie Tharu) "Problems for a Contemporary Theory of Gender", Social Scientist 22:3-4 (March-April 1994), 93-117.

  • "Integrating Whose Nation? Tourists and Terrorists in Roja", Economic and Political Weekly XXIX:3 (January 15, 1994), 79-82.
  • "Whose Culture is it? Contesting the Modern", Journal of Arts and Ideas 25-26 (1993), 139-51.
  • "Cinema, Femininity and the Economy of Consumption", Economic and Political Weekly XXVI:43 (October 26, 1991), WS85-86.
  • "Translation, Colonialism and the Rise of English", Economic and Political Weekly XXV:15 (April 14, 1990), 773-779.
  • "Deconstructing Allegory: Reading Paul de Man", Indian Journal of American Studies (1991).
  • "Representation, History and the Case of Translation", Journal of Arts and Ideas, Nos. 17-18 (June 1989), 109-116.
  • "Deconstructing Translation and History: Derrida on Benjamin", Strategies, I:1 (Fall 1988), 100-119.



  • Gulabi Talkies and other Stories, English translation of Vaidehi’s Kannada short stories (New Delhi: Penguin India, 2006).


  • Coming Forth by Day, English translation of Niranjana's Kannada novel Mrithyunjaya (New Delhi: Orient Longman, 1994).
  • Translations of Kannada poems for Women Writing in India: 600 BC to the Present, eds. Susie Tharu and K. Lalita (Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1991).
  • Phaniyamma, English translation of M.K. Indira's Kannada novel (New Delhi: Kali Press, 1989).
  • "A Day with Charulata", English translation of Anupama Niranjana's Kannada short story, Aniketana, Vol. 1, No. 4.
  • Translation into English of three Kannada poems, Aniketana, Vol. 1, No. 2.
  • Wait for the Moon, English translation of a Kannada novel by Niranjana (Madras and New Delhi: Orient Longman, 1983).
  • Yeppathaidu Polish Kavitegalu, Kannada translation of 75 Polish poems, in collaboration with Zdzislaw Reszelewski (Bangalore: Kathaa Saahitya, 1979).
  • The Stars Shine Brightly, English translation of a Kannada novel by Niranjana (New Delhi: People's Publishing House, 1977).
  • Julius Caesar, Kannada translation of Shakespeare's play (Bangalore: Kathaa Saahitya, 1977).
  • Marali Baruve, Kannada translation of Pablo Neruda's poems (Bangalore: Kathaa Saahitya, 1976).
  • Translations of poetry and fiction in The Daily and Deccan Herald (1980-81).


  • English Subtitles for Girish Kasaravalli's Kannada film Aakramana.  Awarded the Best Dialogue Prize at the Asian Film Festival, Bangkok, 1980.


Teaching Experience:

  • 2000-present: Senior Fellow, Centre for the Study of Culture and Society

Ph.D. courses (Culture and Democracy, Feminist Theory, Theories of Culture)

  • 2004: Visiting Professor, Yonsei University, Seoul

Courses Taught: (Graduate) Culture and Democracy in Asia
(Undergraduate) Musical Public Spheres

  • 1988-1998: Lecturer, University of Hyderabad. 

Courses Taught:
(At MA level) Literary Theory from Plato to Post-structuralism; Romanticism; Literature of Africa and the Caribbean; Third World Cultural Theory; Gender, Nation and Contemporary Identities in India; The Social Construction of Gender (Interdisciplinary Course in Women's Studies--School of Humanities and Social Sciences); Culture and Society in Modern India (Common Course--School of Performing Arts, Fine Arts and Communication).
(At M.Phil. level) Advanced Critical Approaches; Feminism: Theory and History; Cultural Studies; Narrative Theory; Marxist Literary Theory; Post-colonial Literature and Culture.

  • 1993 (Spring): Visiting Lecturer, University of Chicago.

Courses Taught:

  • (Graduate) Culture and Colonialism; (Graduate and Upper Division Undergraduate) Gender, Culture, and the Invention of India.






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