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PRASEEDA GOPINATH

Associate Professor, English Department

Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2006
tel.: 607-777-2033
fax.: 607-777-2408 
e-mail: gopinath@binghamton.edu

Areas of Interest

Post-war British Literature
Twentieth Century British Literature
Postcolonial Studies
Anglophone Literature
Gender and Sexuality Studies
Radio/Sound Studies
Northern Ireland Studies

Publications

Book

Scarecrows of ChivalryScarecrows of Chivalry: English Masculinities after Empire, University of Virginia Press, Spring 2013, forthcoming
Scarecrows of Chivalry focuses on what happens to the ideal of the English gentleman—the embodiment of the imperial nation—once the empire that produced it fades into obsolescence. With increasing diffusion of cultural, economic, and national-imperial power from the 1930s through the 1960s, English writers concentrated on the state of the Englishman. I argue that it is at the moment of unraveling, as Britain shrinks from imperial behemoth to Welfare state that the relationship between masculinity, national identity, and empire in the metropole comes into stark focus. The project reveals that alterations in the ideal of the gentleman, forged in the interstices of metropole and colony, are fundamental to the formation of metropolitan Englishness post-1945. The stylization of English manliness is the central theme, focal lens, and formal conceit for many texts that represent the 'condition of Britain' in the 1930s and the immediate post-war era.

Articles

"'Gentleman out of Joint: Detachment, Gentlemanliness, and Narrative Style in Evelyn Waugh's Scoop." Modern Fiction Studies, forthcoming.
"'Frail, and so full of fire': The Angry Young Man and Changing Masculinities." Companion to British Literature, Vol. 4. Eds. Bob DeMaria, Hesong Chang, and Samantha Zacher London: Blackwell Press, forthcoming. (Commissioned Book Chapter)
"'One of those old-type natural fouled-up guys': The Belated Englishman in Philip Larkin's poetry," Textual Practice 23: 3 (June 2009) 373-396.
"'An Orphaned Manliness: The Pukka Sahib and the End of Empire in A Passage to India and Burmese Days," Studies in the Novel 41: 2 (Summer 2009): 201-223.

Current Projects

Articles

"Shahrukh's Tears: Affect, Masculinity, and Celebrity in Contemporary Hindi Cinema"

Book

"The Indian Gentleman: Masculinities and the Indian Elite"
Building on current theories of alternative cosmopolitanism, this study examines the articulation of elite Indian masculinities and the "liberal" institutions that produced them. I consider the works and public personae of the second wave of male Indian authors such as Amitav Ghosh, Rukun Advani, Amit Chaudhari, and Upamanyu Chatterjee as discursively produced by, and consumed within, the gendered paradigms of democratic nationhood. Taking as its object of study literary texts, cultural/national reception of authors, and institutional archives, this project examines how and why urbane and urban Indian men and the liberal, postcolonial educational institutions that made them, came to embody the changing ideals of secular Indianness, both within and without the nation-state. Through my focus on masculinities in South Asia, I not only expand the analytical framework of imperial masculinities developed in my first book, but I also intervene in current critical studies on gender in the subcontinent that center on women and the female body.

Courses Taught

Youth and Subculture in Britain
Stiff Upper Lips: Manliness, Empire, and the Nation
Postcolonial Masculinities
Form and the Twentieth Century British Novel
Moses to Millat: Youth and Identity in "Black" British Literature
Introduction to Theory and Criticism

Awards

Institute for Advanced Research in the Humanities Fellowship, Binghamton, Fall 2010
Dean's Research Semester, Harpur College, Binghamton University, Spring 2009
Provost's Inter/Multidisciplinary Symposia Award, Binghamton University, 2007
English Department Fellowship, UIUC, 2005-2006
University Fellowship, UIUC, 2004-2005

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Last Updated: 12/3/13