On Leave Fall Semester 2018
Associate Professor of English
Aarthi Vadde works in the field of 20th-21st century Anglophone literature with particular interests in the historical and technological forces conditioning migration and globalization. She looks at how literary history interfaces with theories of internationalism, the history of computation, and media studies more generally.
Her book Chimeras of Form: Modernist Internationalism beyond Europe, 1914-2016 was published by Columbia UP in 2016 and won the ACLA's 2018 Harry Levin Prize for best first book in the field of comparative literature. A special forum on the book was convened by The Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry. Chimeras illustrates how modernist and contemporary writers from Rabindranath Tagore to Zadie Smith reimagine the nation and internationalism in a period defined by globalization. Drawing on close readings of individual texts and on literary, postcolonial, and cosmopolitical theory, Vadde explains how modernist challenges to traditional notions of aesthetic form enable newfound understandings of the cohesion and interrelation of political communities. An interview related to the book is available here.
Vadde is at work on a second book tentatively entitled “We the Platform: Contemporary Literature in the Sharing Economy” which considers the effect of mass amateurization on literary production and publishing practices. The concept of mass amateurization historicizes shifts in contemporary literary culture made possible by digital forms of writing, crowd-based informational platforms (from Twitter to Amazon Mechanical Turk), and structural changes to employment.
In addition to her monographs, Vadde is co-editing two essay collections. The first is on the history of literary criticism entitled The Critic as Amateur (forthcoming Bloomsbury) and the second is the 20-21st century volume of Palgrave's Handbook on Literature and Science.
Vadde joined Duke in 2011 after completing a postdoctoral fellowship in the English Department at Harvard University.
- Ph.D., University of Wisconsin at Madison 2010
- M.A., University of Wisconsin at Madison 2005
- A.B., Columbia University 2003
Vadde, A. "“The Re-Return to Philology,” Review of Christopher GoGwilt. The Passage of Literature: Genealogies of Modernism in Conrad, Rhys, and Pramoedya." NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction 45 (2012): 461-465.
Vadde, A. "Cross-Pollination: Ecocriticism, Zoocriticism, Postcolonialism." Contemporary Literature 52.3 (2011): 565-573.
Vadde, A. "Review of Laura Doyle. Freedom’s Empire: Race and the Rise of the Novel in Atlantic Modernity, 1640-1940." Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies 11 (2009): 115-117.
Vadde, A. "Amateur creativity: Contemporary literature and the digital publishing scene." New Literary History 48.1 (December 1, 2017): 27-51. Full Text Open Access Copy
Vadde, A. "Putting Foreignness to the Test: Rabindranath Tagore's Babu English." Comparative Literature 65.1 (December 1, 2013): 15-25. Full Text
Vadde, A. "National myth, transnational memory: Ondaatje's archival method." Novel 45.2 (June 1, 2012): 257-275. (Review) Full Text
Vadde, A. "Guidance in perplexity:' Recasting Postcolonial p\Politics in J. M. Coetzee's Elizabeth Costello." Ariel:A Review of International English Literature 41.3-4 (2010): 231-247.
Vadde, A. "The backwaters sphere: Ecological collectivity, cosmopolitanism, and Arundhati Roy." Mfs Modern Fiction Studies 55.3 (September 1, 2009): 522-544. (Review)
Vadde, A. "“Scalability” Cluster on “Global Scale and Critical Form.”." Ed. Davis, T and Hensley, N. Modernism/Modernity.
“The Global Novel: Theories, Forms, Histories, Controversies” . Organizer and Roundtable Participant for Division on Twentieth-Century English Literature . Modern Language Association Annual Convention. January 2015