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Ankhi Mukherjee

While Dr Ankhi Mukherjee's first monograph, Aesthetic Hysteria, drew largely on Victorian literature and culture, her current book project, “What is a Classic?” Postcolonial Rewriting and Invention of the Canon, uses select events in contemporary literature and literary criticism to examine how the canon is historically constituted and transmitted, and how classics are created in this global age. She proposes that the canon, and the dominant modalities in which it is received, afford a site of historical emergence through which both the postcolonial novel and contemporary literary criticism can fruitfully rethink their cultural identity and politics. The study draws on a wide range of literary examples, from Conrad and Eliot to Naipaul, Said, Walcott, and Coetzee, the conflict of interpretations offered by postcolonial rewritings of canonical literary texts, the emergence of English as a global vernacular, the travels and travails of the Shakespearean text in India. It also highlights the role of literary criticism in the twentieth- and twenty-first centuries in articulating the time, space, and critical language for the emergent ‘Literatures in English.’
She is also co-editing, with Laura Marcus, the Blackwell Companion to Literary Criticism and Psychoanalysis, a project that showcases path breaking new work by thirty leading Anglo-American critics in the field of literary psychoanalysis. Her next book project, Seminar Slumdog brings together her specialism in psychoanalysis and her cultural roots in South Asia as she examines the relationship between poverty and psychoanalysis through the representation of poverty in South Asian literature and cinema, and its relation to institutional psychoanalytic approaches in the West toward the psychic maladies of the poor.

Series featuring Ankhi Mukherjee

  • Great Writers Inspire
  • English Graduate Conference 2012
  • TORCH | The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities
  • Great Writers Inspire at Home
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1 Aminatta Forna on writing memory and trauma in The Memory of Love Aminatta Forna gives a reading from her award-winning novel, The Memory of Love (2010), and discusses it with Prof. Ankhi Mukherjee. She talks about the psychology of war and healing after conflict, and about love, betrayal and complicity. Aminatta Forna, Ankhi Mukherjee 25 Aug 2017
2 Literature and the Public Good Part of the Book at Lunchtime series Rick Rylance, Jane Hiddleston, Timothy Michael, Ankhi Mukherjee 01 Feb 2017
3 Creative Commons What is a Classic? English Graduate Conference 2012 Panel Debate, Talk 1 Dr Ankhi Mukherjee, Wadham college, Oxford, speaks to the question 'What is a Classic?' by examining the residual influence of the Eurocentric literary canon in the age of world literature and emergent formations of canons and classics. Ankhi Mukherjee 19 Jul 2012
4 Creative Commons What is a Classic? English Graduate Conference 2012 Panel Debate, Talk 1 Dr Ankhi Mukherjee, Wadham college, Oxford, speaks to the question 'What is a Classic?' by examining the residual influence of the Eurocentric literary canon in the age of world literature and emergent formations of canons and classics. Ankhi Mukherjee 19 Jul 2012
5 Creative Commons What is a Great Writer? An academic panel discusses the question. In this panel discussion from the Great Writers Inspire Engage Event workshop, Dr Seamus Perry, Dr Margaret Kean, Professor Peter McDonald and Dr Ankhi Mukherjee discuss what we mean when we talk about greatness in writing. Seamus Perry, Margaret Kean, Peter McDonald, Ankhi Mukherjee 15 May 2012