Assistant Professor of English
Priyasha Mukhopadhyay is a literary historian of South Asia. Much of her research explores practices of reading in this region, focusing in particular on situations that challenge our notions of what it means to read and who is a reader. Some of these concerns are addressed in her current book project, Unread: The Book in South Asia, 1857–1914, which argues that colonial subjectivities were formed not by an intense engagement with writers such as Milton and Hume, but rather, through superficial and fleeting relationships with the most mundane of textual forms, such as the petition, almanacs, and instruction manuals, among others. Her research has appeared in Journal of Commonwealth Literature, Journal of Victorian Culture, and the edited volume, Fighting Words: Fifteen Books that Shaped the Postcolonial World. Mukhopadhyay completed her Ph.D. at the University of Oxford. She earned her B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from the University of Delhi.