Friday, April 2, 2021
11:00am – 12:30pm EST
Priyamvada Gopal is Professor of Postcolonial Studies. Her primary interests are in colonial and postcolonial studies with related interests in the novel, South Asian literature, critical race studies and the politics and cultures of empire and globalisation. Published work includes Literary Radicalism in India: Gender, Nation and the Transition to Independence (Routledge, 2005), After Iraq: Reframing Postcolonial Studies (Special issue of New Formations co-edited with Neil Lazarus) , The Indian English Novel: Nation, History and Narration (Oxford University Press, 2009) and, most recently, Insurgent Empire: Anticolonial Resistance and British Dissent (Verso, 2020). Her work has also appeared in The Hindu, Outlook India, India Today, The Independent, The New Statesman, The Guardian and The Nation (USA). Gopal has contributed occasionally to the BBC's Start the Week and Newsnight as well as programmes on NDTV-India, Al-Jazeera, National Public Radio and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
Insurgent Empire shows how Britain’s enslaved and colonial subjects were active agents in their own liberation. What is more, they shaped British ideas of freedom and emancipation back in the United Kingdom.