Toral J. Gajarawala
(Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature, NYU) speaks on her new book,
Untouchable Fictions: Literary Realism and the Crisis of Caste
(Fordham University Press, 2012), which considers the crisis of literary realism in order to derive a genealogy for the recent explosion of Dalit (“untouchable” caste) fiction. With respondents
, Robert Schirmer Professor of English at Princeton University and editor of
, Silver Professor and Professor of English & Comparative Literature at NYU.
Professor Gajarawala received her PhD from the Department of Comparative Literature at UC-Berkeley, and her articles have appeared in journals such as
Comparative Literature Studies
Some Time between Revisionist and Revolutionary: Unreading History in Dalit Literature
", won the 2011 William Riley Parker Prize for an outstanding article published in the
. She is currently at work on a project that considers global paradigms of indigeneity in literary movements.
This event is co-sponsored by the Comparative Literature Program at Fordham University and the Humanities Initiative at NYU. Please RSVP at
This event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.