Meet Siddharth Srikanth, Assistant Teaching Professor of Literature

Professor Siddharth SrikanthI’m an Assistant Teaching Professor in Literature. My research and teaching focus on global Anglophone literatures, postcolonial studies, and narrative and novel theory. My earliest ambition was to write novels. Even as that ambition has dulled, I remain fascinated by novel form. I’m just as interested in how Anglophone writers across the world have used novel form. I’m currently working on two projects that shape my teaching and thinking on global Anglophone literature: the first, Marginal Affinities, looks closely at how global Anglophone writers innovated new forms of literary character as a response to the geopolitical freight of representing the Global South in literary form. My other project, The Literary Afterlives of Anti-Colonial Struggles, focuses on how major male political figures such as Jawaharlal Nehru, Jomo Kenyatta, and Kwame Nkrumah were written about in mid-century books, periodicals, and newspapers, how they wrote about themselves in relation to their nations, and how those writings influence the narrative forms taken by postcolonial and contemporary fictions.

When I’m not reading, writing, working, or procrastinating instead of working, I love watching movies and TV with my wife. My many obsessions include, in no particular order: making a perfect cup of chai in the mornings; the Great British Bake Off, the Miami Heat; test cricket (look it up!); South Indian filter coffee; pizza; Nashville hot chicken; travel; board games.

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