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Ambreen Hai earned a B.A. in English, philosophy and economics from Wellesley College and an M.A., M.Phil and Ph.D. from Yale University.
She teaches literature of the British empire, Anglophone postcolonial literature from South Asia, Africa and the Caribbean, and 20th-century critical theory. She is also affiliated with the Program in the Study of Women and Gender and the South Asia concentration, and teaches introductory courses for both.
Book: Making Words Matter: The Agency of Colonial and Postcolonial Literature. Athens: Ohio University Press, 2009.
"'There's Always the Other Side, Always': Black Servants' Laughter, Knowledge, and Power in Jean Rhys' Wide Sargasso Sea." Modernism/Modernity 22.3 (September 2015): 493-522.
"Postcolonial Servitude: Interiority and System in Daniyal Mueenuddin's In Other Rooms, Other Wonders: Domestic Servitude and South Asian Literary History." ARIEL, A Review of International English Literature 45.3 (July 2014): 33-74.
"Adultery Behind Purdah and the Politics of Indian Muslim Nationalism in Zeenuth Futehally's Zohra" (In special issue of Modern Fiction Studies on "Women's Fiction, New Modernist Studies, and Feminism") 59.2 (Summer 2013): 317-345.
"Re-Rooting Families: The Alter/Natal as the Central Dynamic of Jhumpa Lahiri's Unaccustomed Earth." In Naming Jhumpa Lahiri: Canons and Controversies, edited by Lavina Dhingra and Floyd Cheung, 181-209. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2012.
"Reading Fawzia Afzal-Khan's Lahore With Love: Class and the Ethics of Memoir." Pakistaniaat: A Journal of Pakistan Studies. 3:2 (Summer 2011): 29-51.
"Forster and the Fantastic: The Covert Politics of The Celestial Omnibus." Twentieth-Century Literature 54.2 (Summer 2008): 217-46.
"Departures from Karachi Airport: Some Reflections on Feminist Outrage." Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism 4.2 (2004): 142-64.
"Out in the Woods: E. M. Forster's Spatial Allegories of Property, Sexuality, Colonialism." LIT (Literature, Interpretation, Theory) 14.4 (Oct.-Dec. 2003): 317-55.
"Border Work, Border Trouble: Postcolonial Feminism and the Ayah in Bapsi Sidhwa's
Cracking India " Modern Fiction Studies 46.2 (June 2000): 379-426. (Reprinted in
Contemporary Literary Criticism, Vol. 168, Gale Group.)
"'Marching in from the Peripheries': Rushdie's Feminized Artistry and Ambivalent Feminism." In Critical Essays on Salman Rushdie, ed., M. Keith Booker. New York: G.K
Hall, 1999: 16-50.
"Children of An Other Language: Kipling's Stories, Inter-racial Progeny, and Questions of
Censorship." Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies 5.2. (Fall 1998): 49-80.
"On Truth and Lie in a Colonial Sense: Kipling's Tales of Tale-Telling," ELH (English Literary History) 64.2 (Summer 1997): 599-625.
Book in Progress: Postcolonial Servitude: Domestic Servants in South Asian English Fiction.