Dr. Priya Joshi
Priya Joshi is Associate Professor of English at Temple University. She received her Ph.D. with distinction in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University in 1995.
Professor Joshi is the author of In Another Country: Colonialism, Culture, and the English Novel in India (New York: Columbia University Press, 2002; New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2003). The book is a cultural history of the consumption and production of the English novel in nineteenth- and twentieth-century India. It has won numerous awards including the MLA First Book Prize; the Sonya Rudikoff Prize for best first book in Victorian studies by the Northeast Victorian Studies Association; a Choice Outstanding Academic Title award; and honorable mention for the SHARP Book History Prize. Professor Joshi is currently at work on another book-length project entitled Crime and Punishment: Nationalism and Public Fantasy in Bollywood Cinema in which she studies popular Hindi film and the fabrication of national identities in postcolonial India. The volume is something of a sequel to In Another Country in its exploration of popular forms, public cultures, and postcolonial modernities in South Asia.
Professor Joshi's research and teaching interests include imperialism and its legacies, narrative and postcolonial theory, history of the book, the modern novel, popular Hindi film, and nationalism. Her research has been supported extramurally by fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Institute for Indian Studies.
Recent lectures on her research have included talks at Iowa, Hawai'i, Oxford, Stanford, the University of Chicago, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the British Library, CUNY-Graduate Center, and Harvard University. Professor Joshi is a frequent guest on public radio shows on Bollywood cinema and has appeared on San Francisco's Forum on KQED with Michael Krasny; St. Louis's Cityscape on KWMU with Michael Sampson; and Chicago's Odyssey on WBEZ with Gretchen Helfrich. In February and March 2000, she presented four hour-long segments on her research into the Indian novel for University of the Air, Wisconsin Public Radio, with hosts, Emily Auerbach and Normal Gilliland. Professor Joshi serves as a referee for a number of scholarly journals including the award-winning Book History, Signs: A Journal of Women in Culture and Society, and Bridges: the Berkeley Research Journal on South and Southeast Asian Studies, where she is also on the advisory board. She is a member of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP), the Modern Language Association (MLA), the North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA), the Association for Asian Studies (AAS), the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS), the American Comparative Literature Association, and the British Book Trade History Group. With Steven Zwicker, she was convenor of an interdisciplinary research colloquium at Washington University entitled "On Reading: Its Pasts and its Futures." Prior to joining Temple in 2005, Priya Joshi was associate professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley where she taught since 1995.