416 Bryan Hall
Ph.D. University of California, Irvine, 2005
M.A. University of California, Irvine, 1998
B.A. (summa cum laude) University of Colorado, Boulder, 1995
My research and teaching interests include postcolonial literature and film, studies of race, gender, and sexuality, and cultural studies. I am particularly interested in the various theoretical intersections between these areas including but not limited to transnational approaches to the study of literary culture, aesthetic responses to globalization, and modes of minority discourse.
RESEARCH AREAS: Postcolonial & Anglophone Literatures; Transnational & Global Studies; Cultural Studies; Novel; 20th Century British and World Literatures; Queer Theory
In Stereotype: South Asia in the Global Literary Imaginary (forthcoming, Columbia University Press, 2014).
This monograph analyzes a set of commonplaces about hunger, crowdedness, filth, slums, death, migrant flight, out-sourcing and terror that proliferate globally in contemporary Anglophone novels about the Indian subcontinent. The book theorizes the allure of cultural stereotypes for transnational readers, while also complicating our understanding of the use and peculiar persistence of predictable representations of South Asia.
The Cultural Politics of Hunger (in progress)
This book situates new global fictions at the crossroads for discerning the imaginative and material charge hunger holds for how we perceive human differences, racial, cultural, gendered, and biopolitical. In it I argue that a slippery aesthetics of hunger, vacillating between desire and need, provokes urgent reflections on global culture and consumption.
Some Kind of Magic: Freddie Mercury as Postcolonial Performer (with Leila Neti, Occidental College; in progress)
Situated at the nexus of postcolonial, queer, media, and cultural studies, this critical biography examines the life and work of rock music icon Freddie Mercury, lead singer of the British glam band Queen, in the social contexts of British colonialism and Thatcherite Britain.
“Worlding the Nation and its Ghosts,” review of Vilashini Cooppan’s Worlds Within: National Narratives and Global Connections in Postcolonial Writing (Stanford University Press, 2009),” in Novel: A Forum on Fiction, Vol. 44 No. 2 (Duke University Press, Summer, 2011).