Amanda Lagji

Assistant Professor of English and World Literature

With Pitzer Since: 2017
Field Group: English and World Literature
Campus Address: Broad Center 215
Phone: 909.607.0844
Email: Amanda_Lagji@pitzer.edu
Office Hours: Tuesdays, 2:00 pm – 4:00pm; Thursday, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Educational Background

PhD University of Massachusetts, Amherst

BA, Dickinson College

Research Interests

Global Anglophone literatures, postcolonial literature and theory, time and narrative, African literature, law and literature

Recent Courses

Decolonial Futures/Postcolonial Now

World Literature in an Oceanic Context

Terror and the Text, Growing Up Postcolonial, Intro to World Lit (Texts on the Move)

Post-Apartheid Novels

Selected Publications

“Waiting for Now: The Temporality of Return in Ayi Kwei Armah’s Fragments.” African Literature Today 34: Diaspora & Returns in Fiction (November 2016): 28-47.

“Smoke and Mirrors: Generic Manipulation and Doubling in Dancing to ‘Almendra.’” Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal 13.2 (2016): 1-17.

“A Postcolonial Perspective: Law and the Literary World.” Law, Culture and the Humanities. Published online before print 11 Feb. 2016. 1-14. doi: 1743872116630698.

“Revising the Narrative of Failure: Reconsidering State Failure in Nuruddin Farah’s Knots.” ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature 45.4 (2014): 31-57.

“‘Willing Liberates’: Nietzschean Heroism and Tsitsi Dangarembga’s Nervous Conditions.” Pacific Coast Philology 46 (2011): 80-96.

“Waiting in Motion: Mapping Postcolonial Fiction, New Mobilities, and Migration through Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West.” Mobilities. Published online before print 30 Oct. 2018. 1-16. doi: 10.1080/17450101.2018.1533684

“Marooned Time: Disruptive Waiting and Idleness in Carpentier and Coetzee.” Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies 19.2 (2018): 1-22.

“‘Now’ is Here: Disillusionment and Urgency in Anita Desai’s Cry, the Peacock.” South Asian Review 37.3 (2016): 89-110. (Backdated; in print February 2018).

“Fragments of a World That “Doesn’t End”: The Apocalyptic Impulse in a Time of Perpetual War.” Forthcoming invited essay for Post 45, online forum “Contemporaries” on form and global Anglophone fiction.

Selected Conference Presentations

“Timing Terror: Stopped Watches Across the Twentieth Century and Beyond.” Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) annual conference, Washington, D.C., March 2019.

“Teaching Terror in the Postcolonial Classroom.” Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) annual conference, Washington, D.C., March 2019.

“Registering Insecurities in the Global War of/on Terror.” British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference, Savannah, Georgia, February 2019.

“The Enduring Spectacle of the Aftermath: Embodying the Blast in The Association of Small Bombs.” South Asian Literary Association (SALA) annual conference, Chicago, IL, January 2019.

“Letters to the Future: Petroleum, Protest, and Persistence.” Modern Language Association (MLA) annual conference, Chicago, IL, January 2019.

“Colonial Time Regimes in Cheikh Hamidou Kane’s Ambiguous Adventure.” The Social Life of Time, International and Interdisciplinary Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland, June 2018.

“The Postcolonial Petroscape of Isidore Okpewho’s Tides.” African Literature Association (ALA) Annual Conference, Washington D.C., May 2018.

“Waiting on the Move in Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West.” Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, April 2018.

“Waithood and Girlhood in NoViolet Bulawayo’s We Need New Names.” Modern Language Association (MLA) Annual Conference, New York, NY, January 2018.

“The ‘Fundamentals’ of World Literature: The Silent Minaret and Post-9/11 Global Forms.” African Literature Association (ALA) Annual Conference, New Haven, CT, June 2017.

“Finding a Form for the Fragments: Bilal Tanweer’s The Scatter Here is Too Great,” Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD, March 2017.

“Time and the Other: Negotiating Temporalities in African Fiction,” African Studies Association Annual Conference, Washington, D.C., December 2016.

“Waiting and Creating: Presenting African Futures in The Cry of Winnie Mandela and Radiance of Tomorrow,” Waiting as Cultural Practice: An Interdisciplinary, International Conference, Paderborn, Germany, May 2016.

“The Trauma of Waiting: Gendered Time in Anita Desai’s Cry the Peacock,” Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Annual Conference, Hartford, CT, March 2016.

“Time to Revisit: Nadine Gordimer and Times of Transition,” Modern Language Association Annual Conference, Austin, TX, January 2016.

“Waiting: Keywords for the Global South,” Modern Language Association Annual Conference, Austin, TX, January 2016.

“Marking Time in Postcolonial Studies: Tracking Colonial Time and Temporality in Postcolonial Fiction,” Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada, April 2015.

“Law and Literature: A Postcolonial Perspective,” Desire for Narrative in Law and Literature, Modern Language Association Annual Conference, Vancouver, Canada, January 2015.

 

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