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 stranger at the gate: An interview." Against Life. January 1, 2016. 257-267.

Khanna, R. "Hope, Demand and the Perpetual." Unconscious Dominions: Psychoanalysis, Colonial Trauma, and Global Sovereignties. Duke University Press, 2010.

Khanna, R. "Isaac Julien: Paradise Omeros." Gerst Foundation Catalogue. 2010.

Khanna, R. "Psychoanalysis before 1966." Blackwell Encyclopedia of Literary Theory. 2010.

Khanna, R. "The Age of Asylum: Mona Hatoum." Communities of Sense. Ed. J Mansoor. Duke University Press, 2009.

Khanna, R. "Fabric, Skin, Honte-ologie." Shame and the Visual Arts. Routledge, 2008.

Khanna, R, and Aravamudan, S. "Interview with Fredric Jameson." ed. Ian Buchanan, Fredric Jameson, Jameson on Jameson: Conversations on Cultural Marxism. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2007, 2007. 203-240.

Khanna, R. "Frames, Contexts, Community, Justice." Meaning, Frame, and Metaphor. Ed. J Goggim and M Burke. University of Amsterdam Press, March 2003. 149-171.

Khanna, R, Burton, B, Ibryamova, N, Mazurana, DE, and Mendoza, SL. "Cartographies of Scholarship: The Ends of Nation-States, International Studies, and the Cold War." Encompassing Gender: Integrating International Studies and Women’s Studies. Ed. MM Lay, J Monk, and DS Rosenfelt. The Feminist Press, 2002. 21-45.

Khanna, R. "The Experience of Evidence: Language, Law and the Mockery of Justice." Algeria in and Out of French. Ed. A Berger. Cornell UP, January 2001.


Khanna, R. "Speculation; or, Living in the Face of the Intolerable." Journal of Middle East Women'S Studies 14.1 (March 1, 2018): 109-115. Full Text

Khanna, R. "Stranger." New Literary History 49.2 (March 1, 2018): 279-284. (Review) Full Text

Khanna, R. "On the Name, Ideation, and Sexual Difference." Differences 27.2 (September 2016): 62-78. Full Text

Khanna, R. "Fabric, skin, honte-ologie." (January 1, 2014): 159-179. (Chapter) Full Text

Khanna, R. "The lumpenproletariat, the subaltern, the mental asylum." South Atlantic Quarterly 112.1 (December 1, 2013): 129-143. Full Text

Khanna, R. "Touching, unbelonging, and the absence of affect." Feminist Theory 13.2 (August 1, 2012): 213-232. Full Text

Khanna, R. "Racial France, or the melancholic alterity of postcolonial studies." Public Culture 23.1 (December 1, 2011): 191-199. Full Text

Khanna, R. "Unbelonging: In motion." Differences 21.1 (August 20, 2010): 109-123. Full Text

Khanna, R. "Hope, Demand and the Perpetual." (2010). (Academic Article)

Khanna, R. "Disposability." Differences 20.1 (August 18, 2009): 181-198. Full Text


Selected Grants

Seminars in Historical, Global, and Emerging Humanities awarded by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2018

Promoting International Perspectives at the Feminist Theory Workshop awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2009 to 2010