Jap-Nanak Kaur Makkar

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  • Assistant Professor
  • English
1275 Patterson Office Tower
Research Interests:

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

Biographical Statement:

Currently Dr. Jap-Nanak Makkar is Assistant Professor at the Department of English; formerly she served as ACLS Postdoctoral Fellow (2020-2022) at the same department. Her research interests include postcolonial literature, literary theory, and media and technology studies, topics that she approaches through an engagement with histories of colonialism and capitalism. 

Dr. Makkar’s book project, tentatively titled Uses of Autonomy: Literature and Theory in the 1980s, reconsiders the relationship between postcolonial literature and poststructuralism in light of recent debates on critique. 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