Sri Basu

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Assistant Professor, English
School of Humanities

Affiliate Faculty, Culture and Theory

Ph.D., University of Florida, 2020, English


University of California, Irvine
143 Krieger Hall
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
18th- and 19th-Century American, African American Studies, Anglophone, Postcolonial, and Diasporic, Critical Theory
Research Abstract
My research areas include eighteenth- and nineteenth- century American Literature, Black Atlantic Studies, and Labor History. My current book project, Punishment and Revolution, reads Anglophone Black Atlantic literature alongside penal history and the histories of slavery and abolition in the long nineteenth-century, and offers a new account of how extra-economic violence racialized New World labor.
"The Diseased Body Politic of Early America in Toni Morrison’s A Mercy," MELUS (Oxford UP).
“The Aestheticization of Politics: The Case of Lynching Photographs,” Modernism/Modernity Print Plus (Johns Hopkins UP), Forthcoming
“Reading Los Angeles’ Urban Uprisings: From Watts to Rodney King,” Modern Language Studies (Northeast Modern Language Association, University at Buffalo).
Professional Societies
C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists
American Studies Association
Modern Language Association
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