Jap-Nanak Kaur Makkar

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  • ACLS Postdoctoral Fellow
  • English
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Research Interests:

Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2018
M.A., University of Toronto, 2011
B.A., University of Toronto, 2010

Biographical Statement:

Dr. Jap-Nanak Makkar is ACLS Postdoctoral Fellow (2020-2022) at the Department of English. Her research examines the intersection between postcolonial fiction, poststructuralism, and the history of technology.

Dr. Makkar’s book project, tentatively titled Uses of Autonomy: Literature and Theory after Cybernetics, reconsiders the relationship between postcolonial literature and poststructuralism in light of recently published historiographies of the Euro-American academy. Some of her work appears or is forthcoming in Modern Fiction StudiesContemporary Literature and boundary 2

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

“‘Recalling This’: Language and Irony in Nadine Gordimer’s My Son’s Story (1990),” Modern Fiction Studies, forthcoming.

 “More on the Missing Half Second: A Review of Hayles and Hansen,” boundary 2 47.1 (February 2020): 215-238

 “A Trademark on Irony: J.M. Coetzee’s Formalism, Digital Copyright, Literary Proprietorship,” Contemporary Literature 59.2 (Summer 2018): 204-231

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