Aarthi Vadde

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Tuesday 1:00 a\p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Aarthi Vadde

Assistant Professor in the Department of English

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303-I Allen Building, Box 90015, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90015, Durham, NC 27708

Aarthi Vadde works in the field of 20th-21st century Anglophone literature with particular interests in the history of migration and globalization, theories of internationalism, the environmental humanities, and media studies.  Her book Chimeras of Form: Modernist Internationalism beyond Europe, 1914-2016 was published by Columbia UP in 2016.  It 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.  More broadly, her book explains the significance of literary study to political and cultural debates about transnational interdependence.  An interview related to the book is available at http://www.cupblog.org/?p=20428

Vadde is at work on a second book tentatively entitled “The Amateur Spirit,” which brings contemporary literature into conversation with digital media and the sociology of expertise.  It considers the effect of the sharing economy and mass amateurization on literary production and publishing practices.  Vadde joined Duke 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. Chimeras of Form: Modernist Internationalism Beyond Europe, 1914-2014 (Accepted). Columbia University Press, 2016. (Monograph)

Vadde, A. "The Oxford Handbook of Global Modernisms." COMPARATIVE LITERATURE STUDIES 52.1 (2015): 208-212. Full Text

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. "Narratives of migration, immigration, and interconnection." The Cambridge Companion to British Fiction since 1945. January 1, 2015. 61-76. Full Text

Vadde, A. "Putting foreignness to the test: Rabindranath Tagore's Babu English." Comparative Literature 65.1 (December 1, 2013): 15-25. (Review) Full Text

Vadde, A. "National Myth, Transnational Memory: Ondaatje's Archival Method." NOVEL-A FORUM ON FICTION 45.2 (2012): 257-275. Full Text

Vadde, A. "Reading Deliriously." NOVEL-A FORUM ON FICTION 45.1 (2012): 23-26. 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" (Published online)." (January 2, 2018). Full Text

Vadde, A. "Megalopolis Now." (August 2013).