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Yr Athro Radhika Mohanram

BA, MA English Literature (Madras), MA and PhD American Literature (Arizona)

Professor, English and Critical and Cultural Theory

Ysgol Saesneg, Cyfathrebu ac Athroniaeth

+44 29208 76151
Adeilad John Percival , Ystafell 1.30, Rhodfa Colum, Caerdydd, CF10 3EU


My research is focussed in the areas of English Literature and Critical and Cultural Theory.

Additional publications


Imperialism as Diaspora: Race, Sexuality and History in Anglo-India co-authored with Ralph J. Crane. Postcolonialism across the Disciplines series.  Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2013. 152 pages.

Imperial White: Race, Diaspora and the British Empire. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2007. 212 pages.

Black Body: Women, Colonialism and Space Minneapolis. University of Minnesota Press, (Public World Series) 1999. 250 pages.

Coeditor Shifting Continents/Colliding Cultures: Diaspora Writing of the Indian Subcontinent.Amsterdam: Rodopi, (Cross/Cultures Series) 2000. 262 pages.

Coeditor. Postcolonial Discourse and Changing Cultural Contexts: Theory and Criticism. Westport, CT, U.S.A: Greenwood Press, 1996. 232 pages.

Coeditor. English Postcoloniality: Literatures from around the World. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1995

Journal special issues

Guest Editor “Comparative Partitions” Special Section of Social Semiotics 21, 1, 2011 (40,000 words)

Guest Editor “The Anxiety of Belonging”  Special Section of Social Semiotics 19, 4, 2010 (40,000 words).

Coeditor, Sexual Semiotics, Special Issue of Social Semiotics, 14, 1, (2004). 143 pages.

Refereed journal articles

Co-authored with Ralph Crane “Gender/Mutiny in Edwardian Fiction.  Charles Pearce’s Fiction of 1857”.Gender Forum 43 (July 2013)

“Gastronomia Anglo-India: Culinary Jottings in the Age of Famine.” Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies Vol 25, No 5, 2011 (Special Issue on  'Postcolonial Popular Culture.' Eds Chris Prentice and Vijay Devdas.) .

“Gendered Spectre:  Trauma, Cultural Memory and the Indian Partition.” Journal of Cultural Studies, Vol 25, No 4, 2011(Special Issue on Memory Politics eds Chris Weedon and Glenn Jordan). 

Co-authored with Ralph J. Crane, “The Iconography of Gender:  The Indian Uprising of 1857” Feminist Studies in English Literature, Vol 16, No 2, Winter 2008, pp. 5-30

“Dermographia: Written on the Skin or, How the Irish Became White in India.” European Journal of English Studies (Special Issue on Intimate Transfers) Vol 9, Number 5, Dec 2005, pp 251-270.

“White Sex: Rape and Race in The Raj Quartet, Volume 43, New Literatures Review, Vol 41, April 2004, pp. 65-84.

“White Water: Race and Oceans Down Under” Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History (Special Issue), Volume 4, No 3 (Winter 2003): 5-31.

“The Place of Place or the Praxis of Praxis.” Thamyris (Netherlands). 5:1 (1998): 145-157.

“Indian Feminism in an International Framework.” Indian Journal of Gender Studies. 3:2 (Jul-Dec 1996): 283-300.

“The Construction of Place: Maori Feminism in Aotearoa/ New Zealand” National Women’s Studies Association Journal, USA, (Special Issue on International Perspectives) 1996: pp.50-69.

“Postcolonial Maori Sovereignty.” New Zealand Women’s Studies Journal (Special Issue on Postcoloniality) 11: 1-2 (Aug 1995): 63-94.

Chapters in books

 “The Wages of Whiteness: Mourning and Melancholia in 19th Century New Zealand” in Franceso Cattani and Amanda Nadalini eds, The Representation and Transformation of Literary Landscapes.Venezia: Cà Foscarina,  2006.

(With Ralph J. Crane) “Introduction: The Broken Road” by A.E.W. Mason, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2007 .

(With Ralph J. Crane) “Introduction: Daughters of India” by Margaret Wilson, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2006.

(With Ralph J. Crane) "Introduction." Lilamani: A Study in Possibilities” by Maud Diver, New Delhi: Oxford U Press, 2003, pp vii-xix.

(with Ralph J. Crane), “Introduction.” Love Beseiged: A Romance of the Defence of Lucknow by Charles E. Pearce, New Delhi: Oxford U Press, 2002, pp. ix-xxi.

(with Ralph J. Crane), “Introduction: Constructing the Diasporic Body.” Shifting Continents/Colliding Cultures: Diaspora Writing of the Indian Subcontinent, Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2000. vii-xv.

“Postcoloniality and the Canon.” Shifting Continents/Colliding Cultures: Diaspora Writing of the Indian Subcontinent, Amsterdam: Rodopi , 2000. 169-186.

“Narrating the Nation-in-Process: Nayantara Sahgal’s Mistaken Identity.” Passion, Politics and History: Nayantara Sahgal’s India Ed. Ralph Crane. New Delhi: Sterling Publishers, 1998. Pp.141-164.

“(In)visible bodies? Immigrant bodies and the constructions of nationhood in Aotearoa/New Zealand.”Feminist Thought in Aotearoa/New Zealand: Crafting Connections/Defining Differences. Ed Rosemary du Plessis and Lynne Alice. Auckland: Oxford UP, 1998. 21-29.

“The Problem of Reading: Mother-Daughter Relationships and Indian Post-Coloniality.” Women of Color: Mother/Daughter Relationships in Twentieth Century Literature. Ed. Elizabeth Guillory-Brown. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1996. 20-37.

“Narrative Practices and the Construction of Identity: Edith Wharton.” Commonwealth and American Women’s Discourse. Ed. Alan McLeod. New Delhi: Sterling Press, 1996. 278-291.

“Postcolonialism/Multiculturalism--Australia 1993: An interview with Sneja Gunew.” Postcolonial Discourse and Changing Cultural Contexts. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1995. 205-218.

“Biculturalism, Postcolonialism, and Identity Politics in New Zealand: An Interview with Kaye Turner and Anna Yeatman.” Postcolonial Discourse and Changing Cultural Contexts. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1995. 189-204.

“Postcolonial Spaces and Deterritorialized (Homo)sexuality: The Films of Hanif Kureishi.” Postcolonial Discourse and Changing Cultural Contexts. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1995. 117-134.

“The Postcolonial Critic: Third-World (Con)Texts/ First-World Contexts.” Justice and Identity: Antipodean Practices. Ed Margaret Wilson and Anna Yeatman. Wellington, NZ: Bridget Williams Press, 1995 and Sydney, Australia: Allen and Unwin Press, 1995. 172-194.



  • Mohanram, R. 2020. Textures of Indian memories. In: Ionescu, A. and Margaroni, M. eds. Arts of Healing: Cultural Narratives of Trauma. Critical Perspectives on Theory, Culture and Politics London and New York: Rowman & Littlefield International, pp. 113-132.


  • Mohanram, R. 2019. Sexuality after Partition. In: Mohanram, R. and Raychaudhuri, A. eds. Partitions and their Afterlives: Violence, Memories, Living. Critical Perspectives on Theory, Culture and Politics Rowman and Littlefield













  • Mohanram, R. and Crane, R. J. 2002. Introduction. In: Crane, R. J. ed. Love Beseiged: A Romance of the Defence of Lucknow by Charles E. Pearce. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, pp. ix-xxi.







Book sections



I am currently working on a book-length project on the Indian Partition.

Postgraduate students

I would welcome applications from potential PhD students whose research interests intersect with mine.  Currently my focus is on Trauma and Cultural Memory and the 1947 Indian partition.  I am also interested in supervising students who work on postcolonial studies.  Informal enquiries are also welcome.

Research interests

I am Principal Investigator of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Research Network, "Partitions: What are they good for?" (March 2013-Feb 2015). 

My research interests include postcolonial cultural studies, whiteness, gender and race, and South Asian Fiction.


I teach the following modules at undergraduate level:

  • Reading Postcolonial Fiction
  • Fiction of the Indian Subcontinent
  • Critical Theory 3: Postcolonial Theory
  • Settler Identity: Fictions of OZ/NZ

and the following for postgraduates:

  • White
  • Postcolonial/Indigenous

I supervise two PhD students on topics such as Welsh Writing within the Framework of Whiteness and Women's Writing and the Discourse of Madness.


My first job was in the Department of Women's and Gender Studies and the Department of English in The University of Waikato, New Zealand. I have worked in Cardiff University since September 2000.

Visiting Appointments at the University of Venice, Italy, University of Nantes, France, University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Journal Editorial Positions

  • Editor, Social Semiotics (2001-current)
  • Coeditor of SPAN (Journal of the South Pacific Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies), 1994-1999. (Issues 38-49)
  • Editorial Board, New Literatures Review. (2003-current)
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Postcolonial Writing (2005-current)