Deepa Jani

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Job title: 

Assistant Professor





New Academic Building



Courses taught: 

  • EL 2211 Africana Perspectives
  • EL 3510 Literature Across Cultures II: Theory
  • EL 3870 Literatures of Africa
  • EL 4600 Literature of India
  • EL 6540 Topics in World Literature


  • Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh, 2013
  • M.A. Carnegie Mellon University, 2003

Research interests: 

  • Global Postcolonial Literatures
  • Anglophone African and World Literatures
  • Modern and Postmodern Fiction
  • Literary and Critical Theory
  • Humanism and Human Rights Discourse

Select publications & presentations: 

Select Publications

  • “Essaying against Empire: J. M. Coetzee’s Diary of a Bad Year” in Forum for Modern Language Studies, 52 (3): 241-256, July 2016, Oxford University Press.
  • “Empire, Allegorical Imperative and Games of Truth: J. M. Coetzee’s Waiting for the Barbarians.” Colonization or Globalization: Postcolonial Explorations of Imperial Expansion. Ed. Silvia Nagy-Zekmi and Chantal Zabus. Lanham MD: Lexington Books, Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 2009. 125-136

Work in Progress

  • “J. M. Coetzee: Ethics, Subalternity, and the Critique of Humanism” (book manuscript).

Select Presentations

  • “Bandung, Frantz Fanon, and Edward Said: Postcoloniality and the Question of Humanism,” 28th Annual British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference, Savannah, February 2019.
  • “Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart: Literary Humanism and The Problem of Human Dignity,” 9th Annual Conference of the South East African Languages and Literatures Forum (SEALLF): Celebrating Chinua Achebe & African Languages, Literatures, Arts and Cultures beyond the Continent: The 60th Anniversary of Things Fall Apart, Norfolk, October 2018.
  • “Frantz Fanon: Postcoloniality and ‘New Humanism,’” Northeast Modern Language Association Conference, Pittsburgh, April 2018
  • “Essaying against Empire: J. M. Coetzee’s Diary of a Bad Year,” Traverses: J. M. Coetzee in the World, a world-expert conference in celebration of Coetzee’s 75th birthday at the University of Adelaide, Australia, November 2014.
  • “Essaying against Empire: J. M. Coetzee’s Diary of a Bad Year,” Seventh Global Conference on Fear, Horror and Terror, University of Oxford, UK, September 2013.
  • “Justice, Ethics, and Practices of Freedom: J. M. Coetzee’s Disgrace,” The Art of Outrage Conference, Fordham University, New York, October 2011.
  • “Writing a Counter-Memory of Empire: J. M. Coetzee’s Foe,” Postcolonial and Related Literatures Seminar, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, November 2009.
  • “‘Is it Post- or is it Post’: Postcolonial Studies in the Era of Globalization,” XVIII Congress of International Comparative Literature Association, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 2007.


  • Interviewed for the film and App on the life and works of J. M. Coetzee, titled "Traverses: J. M Coetzee in the World," directed by Professor Jennifer Rutherford, Director of The J. M. Coetzee Center for Creative Practice, University of Adelaide, Australia, 2017.