Lopamudra Basu

Associate Professor of English and Director, Honors College

Office: 430C Robert S. Swanson Learning Cnt
Email: basul@uwstout.edu


  • Ph.D. The Graduate Center, City University of New York, 2004
  • MA University of Delhi, New Delhi, India
  • BA Honors English Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi, New Delhi, India

Office Hours:  Fall 2014

M and F-9:30-4:30 pm
T and Th-9:30-12:30 pm
W by appointment

Professional Interests

  • Postcolonial Theory and Literature
  • Transnational Feminist Theory
  • Contemporary World Literature

Professional Organizations

  • National Collegiate Honors Council: Elected Board Member in 2014
  • Modern Language Association
  • South Asian Literary Association


Book Manuscript

Passage to Manhattan: Critical Essays on Meena Alexander. Co-edited with Cynthia Leenerts, East Stroudsburg University. Newcastle upon Tyne Cambridge Scholars Publishing, UK, 2009.


"The Graphic Memoir in a State of Exception: Transformations or the Personal in Art Spiegelman's In the Shadow of No Towers" Accepted for an anthology Drawing from Life Ed. Jane Tolmie. Jackson: University of Mississippi, Press, 2013. 161-182.

“The Limits of Hybridity in Gautam Malkani's Londonstani" Literature of the Indian Diaspora Ed. Om Prakash Dwivedi. New Delhi India: Pencraft, 2011. 188-198.

"Mourning and Motherhood: Transforming Loss in Representations of Adivasi Mothers in Mahasweta Devi's Short Stories." in Rites of Passage in Postcolonial Women's Writing. Eds. Pauline Dodgson-Katiyo and Gina Wisker. New York and Amsterdam: Rodopi Press, 2010, 129-147.

"Tales of Tibet: Representing Religion and Resistance in Contemporary Fiction and Film." South Asian Review 30. 1 (2009) 302-318.

Recent Presentations

"The Nation State and its Unmourned Other: The After-Life of Militancy in Inshallah Kashmir and Chef" at the MLA Convention in Chicago on Jan 9, 2014

"Racial and Ethnic Studies and Global Perspectives: Confronting Silos in Diversity Curriculum for Honors," at NCHC in New Orleans, November, 2013

Invited Lecture "Passage to Manhattan: Editing Critical Essays on Meena Alexander" at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, Mar. 26, 2010

New Course Created

  • LIT 307-After 9/11: American Literature of Trauma and Public Crisis

Courses Taught

  • ENG 111-Freshman English (Honors 1)
  • ENG 113-Honors Seminar
  • LIT 273-American Multicultural Literature
  • LIT 272-Women Writers
  • LIT 255-Recent World Literature


  • English
  • Bengali
  • Hindi

Personal Interests

  • Hiking
  • Cooking
  • Music
  • Reading to my 5-year-old son
  • Keeping in touch with family and friends scattered globally