Peter Kalliney

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  • William J. and Nina B. Tuggle Chair in English
  • English
  • Social Theory
  • African American and Africana Studies
  • Commonwealth Institute for Black Studies
1261 Patterson Office Tower
Research Interests:

Ph.D. University of Michigan 2001

AB University of Pennsylvania 1993


My scholarly interests include twentieth-century literature and cultural institutions. I am currently working on a book project on the Cold War and decolonization, with a special emphasis on African, British, and Caribbean literature.


Areas of Specialty:

  • Twentieth-Century Anglophone Literature
  • Postcolonial Literature
  • Literary Theory and Globalization
  • Cultural Studies
Awards and Fellowships

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 2020

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, 2017-18

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 2009-2010

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend, 2008

Selected Publications: 
  • Forthcoming: The Aesthetic Cold War: Decolonization and Global Literature, Princeton UP fall 2022.
  • Editor, Anglophone Literature, its Critics, and the Left.  Special issue of Modern Fiction Studies.  June 2021. 
  • Editor, Literature after the Nation?.  Special issue of Modern Language Quarterly.  December 2019.
  • Modernism in a Global Context.  Bloomsbury, 2016.  New Modernisms series, edited by Sean Latham and Gayle Rogers.

  • Commonwealth of Letters: British Literary Culture and the Emergence of Postcolonial Aesthetics. Oxford University Press, 2013.  Modernist Literature and Culture series, edited by Kevin JH Dettmar and Mark Wollaeger.

  • Cities of Affluence and Anger: A Literary Geography of Modern Englishness. University of Virginia Press, 2007.

  • "Modernism, African Literature, and the Cold War."  MLQ, 2015.
  • "East African Literature and the Politics of Global Reading."  Research in African Literatures, 2008.
  • "Metropolitan Modernism and its West Indian Interlocutors: 1950s London and the Emergence of Postcolonial Literature." PMLA, 2007.
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