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

Khanna, R. "Frames, contexts, community, justice." Diacritics 33.2 (January 1, 2003): 11-41. (Review) Full Text

Khanna, R. "Taking a Stand for Afghanistan: Women and the Left." Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 28.1 (September 2002): 464-465. Full Text

Khanna, R. "The Ambiguity of Ethics: Specters of Colonialism." Ed. E Bronfen and M Kavka. (January 2001).

Khanna, R. "Review of Emily Apter’s Continental Drift: From National Characterisitics to Virtual Subjects." (U of Chicago P 1999), MLQ 61 (December 2000): 692-695. (Review)

Khanna, R. "Continental drift: From National characters to virtual subjects." MODERN LANGUAGE QUARTERLY 61.4 (December 2000): 692-695. Full Text

Khanna, R. "Cartographies of Scholarship." Area & International Studies Curriculum: Integration Book (January 2000).

Khanna, R. "Review of Female Subjects in Black and White: Race, Psychoanalysis, Feminism." Ed. E Abel, B Christian, and HMUOCP 1997. Signs 26 (2000): 262-5. (Review)

Khanna, R. "From Third to Fourth Cinema." Third Text (1998): 13-32.

Khanna, R. "’Araby’ (Dubliners): Women’s Time and the Time of the Nation." Ed. EC Jones. Joyce, Feminism, Colonialism/Postcolonialism/European Joyce Studies (1998): 81-101.