Mrinalini Chakravorty

mrinalini chakravorty


Department of English
416 Bryan Hall
PO Box 400121
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4121

B.A., University of Colorado
M.A., University of California, Irvine
Ph.D., University of California, Irvine

My research and teaching interests include postcolonial literature and film, studies of race, gender, and sexuality, and cultural studies.  I am particularly interested in the various theoretical intersections between these areas including but not limited to transnational approaches to the study of literary culture, aesthetic responses to globalization, and modes of minority discourse.

I have recently completed a book entitled In Stereotype: South Asia in the Global Literary Imaginary that interrogates a set of commonplaces about hunger, crowdedness, filth, slums, death, migrant flight, out-sourcing and terror that proliferate globally in contemporary Anglophone novels about the Indian subcontinent.  In Stereotype makes the case that such commonplaces about other worlds are crucial to shaping the ethics of global literature. By probing contexts ranging from the independence of the Indian subcontinent, to poverty tourism, civil war, migration, domestic labor, and terrorist radicalism, this book introduces an interpretive lens for reading the ethics of literary representations of cultural and global difference.

I am now working on another book on the cultural politics of hunger, as well as a co-authoring a critical biography of British glam-rock star Freddie Mercury (with Leila Neti of Occidental College).  The Cultural Politics of Hunger situates new global fictions at the crossroads for discerning the imaginative and material charge hunger holds for how we perceive human differences, racial, cultural, gendered, and biopolitical.  In it I argue that a slippery aesthetics of hunger, vacillating between desire and need, provokes urgent reflections on global culture and consumption.

Some Kind of Magic: Freddie Mercury as Postcolonial Performer is situated at the nexus of postcolonial, queer, media, and cultural studies.  This critical biography examines the life and work of rock music icon Freddie Mercury, lead singer of the British glam band Queen, in the social contexts of British colonialism and Thatcherite Britain.

Faculty and Staff

Hanadi Al-Samman

  • Associate Professor of Arabic Literature

Abigail Arnold

  • Lecturer in Women, Gender & Sexuality

Lanice Avery

  • Assistant Professor of Women, Gender & Sexuality and Psychology

Lawrie Balfour

  • Professor of Politics

Rae Blumberg

  • William R. Kenan, Professor of Sociology

Alison Booth

  • Professor of English

Feyza Burak-Adli

  • Lecturer in Women, Gender & Sexuality and Middle East Studies

André Cavalcante

  • Assistant Professor of Media Studies and Women, Gender & Sexuality

Mrinalini Chakravorty

  • Assistant Professor of English, Postcolonial Literature and Theory

Shilpa Davé

  • Assistant Professor of American Studies and Media Studies

Corinne Field

  • Associate Professor of Women, Gender & Sexuality

Susan Fraiman

  • Professor of English

Gertrude Fraser

  • Associate Professor

Lisa Goff

  • Assistant Professor of English and American Studies

Bonnie Hagerman

  • Director of Undergraduate Programs and Assistant Professor, General Faculty, of Women, Gender & Sexuality

Cynthia Hoehler-Fatton

  • Associate Professor of Religious Studies

Claire Kaplan

  • Director of The Gender Violence and Social Change Program

Anne Behnke Kinney

  • Professor of Chinese

Edith "Winx" Lawrence

  • Professor of Education in Clinical and School Psychology and Director, Young women Leaders Program and Program Chair, Youth and Social Innovation

Karlin Luedtke

  • Assistant Professor of Women, Gender & Sexuality
  • Assistant Dean in College of A&S

Lorna Martens

  • Professor of German and Comparative Literature

Fred Maus

  • Associate Professor of Music

Deborah E. McDowell

  • Alice Griffin Professor of English and Director of the Carter G. Woodson Institute

Susan McKinnon

  • Professor of Anthropology

Doug Meyer

  • Assistant Professor of Women, Gender & Sexuality

Farzaneh Milani

  • Professor of Middle Eastern & South Asian Languages & Cultures and Women, Gender & Sexuality

Jaronda Miller-Bryant

  • Program Director of Global Outreach and Engaged Scholarship and Associate Director of Young Women Leaders Program

Bridget Murphy

  • Program Administrator

K. Sara Myers

  • Professor of Classics

Emily Ogden

  • Assistant Professor of English

Victoria Olwell

  • Associate Professor of English

Geeta Patel

  • Professor of Middle Eastern & South Asian Languages & Cultures and Women, Gender & Sexuality

Charlotte J. Patterson

  • Chair of Women, Gender & Sexuality and Professor of Psychology

Gustavo Pellón

  • Professor of Spanish

Andrea L. Press

  • William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Media Studies and Sociology

Allison Pugh

  • Professor of Sociology

Claire Raymond

  • Lecturer a the Department of Art History and Sociology

Caroline Rody

  • Professor of English

Marlon Ross

  • Professor of English

Lynn M. Sanders

  • Associate Professor of Politics

Lisa Shutt

  • Lecturer of African American & African Studies

Karl Shuve

  • Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

Lisa Speidel

  • Assistant Professor, General Faculty, of Women, Gender & Sexuality

Denise Walsh

  • Associate Professor of Politics and Women, Gender & Sexuality

Gweneth West

  • Professor of Costume Design

Kath Weston

  • Professor of Anthropology

W. Bradford Wilcox

  • Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology

Eleanor V. Wilson

  • Associate Professor of Instruction and Special Education

Nicholas J. G. Winter

  • Associate Professor of Politics

Lisa Woolfork

  • Associate Professor of English