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Ambreen Hai

Professor of English Language and Literature

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Ambreen Hai earned her B.A. in English, Philosophy and Economics from Wellesley College and her Ph.D. in English Literature and Language from Yale University.

She teaches Postcolonial Literature in English from South Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean, 19th-20th century literature of the British Empire, and Contemporary Literary Theory. As needed, she also co-teaches SWG 150, Introduction to the Study of Women and Gender. Her courses currently cross-listed in SWG include ENG 241 The Empire Writes Back: Postcolonial Literatures, ENG 277, Postcolonial Women Writers, PRS 319 South Asians in Britain and America, and ENG 334, Servants in Literature and Film, and a First Year Seminar, Love Stories.

Her first book, Making Words Matter: The Agency of Colonial and Postcolonial Literature (Ohio University Press, 2009), focused on the work of Rudyard Kipling, E. M. Forster and Salman Rushdie, and examines how, in the context of colonization, an anxiety about their own agency shapes colonial and postcolonial narratives, and why that anxiety is manifested through the imagining of the text as a human body. She has also published various essays in scholarly journals such as English Literary History, Modern Fiction Studies, Literature Interpretation Theory, Twentieth-Century Literature, ARIEL, and Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism, on women writers like Jhumpa Lahiri, Bapsi Sidhwa, and Zeenuth Futehally. An article on black servants in Jean Rhys' Wide Sargasso Sea is forthcoming in Modernism/Modernity. She is currently working on a book project on domestic servitude in contemporary postcolonial and transnational literature.