Adjunct Faculty Wayne State University
MA English, University of Delhi, 1990; M. Phil English, University of Delhi, 1993; PhD English, Wayne State University, 2006
Some of Mehta’s research interests include Asian/American studies, South Asian Studies, US Ethnic Literature, Diaspora & Migration Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, Cultural Studies, Global literature, and film.
Significant Publications, Presentations and Exhibitions
• On Wings of Words, Khalis House (London, UK) published October 2021
• “Fractured Feminine Selves, Autospecular Affect, and Global Modernity: Meena Alexander and the Postcolonial Artist as a Woman” Journal of Foreign Languages and Culture, Vol.4.1, June 2020
• “A Will to Say or Unsay: Female Silences and Discursive Interventions in Partition Narratives” in Revisiting India’s Partition: Memory, Culture, and Politics, eds. Amritjit Singh, Nalini Iyer & Rahul Gairola, (Rowman & Littlefield: Lexington Books, 2017).
• “Repressive Silences and Whispers of History: Lessons and Legacies of 1984” Sikh Formations (Routledge, Vol. 11.3, 2015). This article will also be re-published in an upcoming book (Routledge).
• “Rethinking Multiculturalism: Sikh Integration after the Oak Creek Tragedy” Sikh Formations: Religion, Culture, Theory (Routledge, Vol. 9.2, September 2013)
• “Imagining Sikhs: The Ethics of Representation and the Spectacle of Otherness in Bollywood Cinema” Sikh Formations: Religion, Culture, Theory (Routledge, Vol. 9.1, April 2013)
• “Predicaments of History and Mimetic Agency: Postcolonial Return, Repetition and Remediation in ‘Rang De Basanti’”. Intensive Bollywood: Media and Nonlinear History in South Asia, ed. Priya Jha and Amit S. Rai, South Asian Popular Culture (Routledge, Vol. 9.3, October 2011).
• “Repressive Silences and Shadows of 1984: Erasures, Omissions and the Narrative Crisis”. Sikh Formations: Religion, Culture, Theory 6.2 (Routledge, December 2010).
• “Remembering and Recovering the Fragmented Self: Transfiguring the Past and Identities through Memory in Manhattan Music.” Passage to Manhattan: Critical Essays on Meena Alexander. Ed. Lopamudra Basu and Cynthia Leenerts. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009.
• “Secular Interventions and Religious Otherness: Interstitial Spaces and Liminal Hybridities in Mr. And Mrs. Iyer.” South Asian Review 30.1(2009). Solicited Book Reviews
• “Meena Alexander’s Atmospheric Embroidery” Weber: The Contemporary West, 2016.
• “How to be South Asian in America: Narratives of Ambivalence and Belonging” Kritikon Literature, Volume 43, 2016.
• “Saleem Peeradina: Slow Dance.” South Asian Diaspora (Routledge, December 2011). Encyclopedia entries
• “Bharati Mukherjee.” The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Multiethnic Literature. Ed. Emmanuel Nelson. Vol. III. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2005. Rpt. 2015. 1541-45.
• “Identity.” The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Multiethnic Literature. Ed. Emmanuel Nelson. Vol. III. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2005. Rpt. 2015. 1042-47.
Works in Progress
• Mimic Women: Migration, Affect & Global Modernity (Book manuscript under progress)