Ranjana Khanna

Ranjana Khanna

Professor of English

External Address: 
304GH Allen Bldg, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Duke Box 90015, Durham, NC 27708
Office Hours: 

Tuesday & Thursday 1:40 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.

(919) 668-2548

Ranjana Khanna is Professor of English, Women's Studies, and the Literature Program at Duke University. She works on Anglo- and Francophone Postcolonial theory and literature, and Film, Psychoanalysis, and Feminist theory. She has published widely on transnational feminism, psychoanalysis, and postcolonial and feminist theory, literature, and film. She is the author of Dark Continents: Psychoanalysis and Colonialism (Duke University Press, 2003) and Algeria Cuts: Women and Representation 1830 to the present (Stanford University Press, 2008.) She has published in journals like Differences, Signs, Third Text, Diacritics, Screen, Art History, positions, SAQ, Feminist Theory, and Public Culture. Her current book manuscripts in progress are called: Asylum: The Concept and the Practice and Technologies of Unbelonging.


  • Ph.D., University of York 1993
  • B.A., University of York 1988

Khanna, R. "The Construction of the Dark Continent: Agency as Autobiography." Women’s Lives/Women’s Times. Ed. T Broughton and L Anderson. SUNY, December 1997. 103-20.

Khanna, R, and Engle, K. "Forgotten History: Myth, Empathy, and Assimilated Culture." Feminism and the New Democracy. Ed. J Dean. Sage Press, 1997. 67-80.

Khanna, R. "Feminism and Psychoanalysis: Repetition, Repression and the Unconscious." New Directions in Cognitive Science. Ed. P Pylkko and P Pylkannen. Finnish Artificial Intellegence Society, 1995. 358-67.


"The Age of Asylum: Mona Hatoum." Ed. J Mansoor. (2009). (Academic Article)

Khanna, R. "Indignity." Positions: East Asia Cultures Critique 16.1 (March 1, 2008): 39-77. Full Text

Khanna, R. "From Rue Morgue to Rue des Iris." Screen 48.2 (December 1, 2007): 237-244. Full Text

Khanna, R. "Indignity." Ethnic and Racial Studies 30.2 (March 1, 2007): 257-280. Full Text

Khanna, R. "Post-Palliative." Postcolonial Text 2 (2006).

Khanna, R. "Asylum." Texas International Law Journal 41 (2006): 471-90.

Khanna, R. "On asylum and genealogy." South Atlantic Quarterly 104.2 (December 1, 2005): 371-380. (Review) Full Text

Khanna, R. "Signatures of the Impossible." Duke Journal of Law and Gender Policy (2004). (Academic Article)

Khanna, R. "Latent Ghosts and the Manifesto." Art History: Journal of the Association of Art Historians 26 (April 2003): 244-286.

Khanna, R. "Baya (translation)." Art History: Journal of the Association of Art Historians 26 (April 2003): 287-287.