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Jap-Nanak Kaur Makkar
Assistant Professor

Currently Dr. Jap-Nanak Kaur Makkar is Assistant Professor at the Department of English; formerly she was ACLS Postdoctoral Fellow (2020-2022) at the same department. Her research examines the relationships between postcolonial fiction, poststructuralism and the history of technology, three overlapping areas that she approaches through an engagement with histories of colonialism and capitalism. She has additional research interests in the history of critique, race and ethnicity studies, and Marxist approaches to literature. 

Dr. Makkar's book project, tentatively titled Enigmas of Capital: Literature and Theory in the Late Twentieth Century, explores the entanglement of theory and postcolonial literature by interpreting the role of 'enigmas' in the novels of J.M. Coetzee, Nadine Gordimer, Salman Rushdie and Hanif Kureishi. Some of her work appears or is forthcoming in New Literary History, Modern Fiction Studies, Contemporary Literature and boundary 2.

Contact Information
1275 Patterson Office Tower
Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2018
M.A., University of Toronto, 2011
B.A., University of Toronto, 2010
Research Interests
  • Postcolonial and Global Literature
  • Method and Interpretation
  • Aesthetics and Politics
  • Histories of Colonialism and Capitalism
  • English
  • Social Theory
  • African American and Africana Studies
  • Commonwealth Institute for Black Studies