Symposium

Anjali Nerlekar

  • Department of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures, Rutgers University

Bio: Anjali Nerlekar is Associate Professor of South Asian literature and Chair of the Department of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures (AMESALL) at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. Her research interests include multilingual Indian modernisms; modern Marathi literature; Indian English literature; Indo-Caribbean literature; world literatures; translation studies; Caribbean and postcolonial studies; Indian print culture; Indian visual studies; and archipelagic studies. She is the author of Bombay Modern: Arun Kolatkar and Bilingual Literary Culture (2016), which shows how the genre of poetry emerged in Bombay in the post-60s (the sathottari period) as the instrument of radical protest and experimentation at the multiple junctures of regionalisms, new publishing spaces, national politics and transnationalisms. She is also the co-editor of a special double issue of Journal of Postcolonial Writing (“The Worlds of Bombay Poetry,” Spring 2017) and is currently co-editing a special issue of South Asia: A Journal of South Asian Studies on "Postcolonial Archives." In collaboration with Dr. Bronwen Bledsoe at Cornell University, Nerlekar has an ongoing project building an archive of multilingual post-1960 Bombay poetry at Cornell University titled “The Bombay Poets Archive.”