Siraj Ahmed

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  • Deputy Executive Officer and Professor, English

Research Interests

  • Enlightenment
  • postcolonial studies
  • critical theory
  • comparative literature

Education

  • Ph.D., Columbia University
  • B.A., University of Pennsylvania

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Affiliated Campus(es)

  • Lehman College

Books

  • Archaeology of Babel: Comparative Literature, Critical Method, Colonial Law (Stanford University Press, 2017).
    • Winner of the Modern Language Association's Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Comparative Literary Studies, 2017
  • The Stillbirth of Capital: Enlightenment Writing and Colonial India (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2012).

Selected Essays

  • ‘Postcolonial Studies,’ Blackwell Companion to Literary Theory, ed. David Richter (Oxford: Blackwell, forthcoming).
  • ‘Thinking at the Enlightenment’s Limit,’ Cultural Critique(forthcoming).
  • ‘Dispossession and Civil Society: The Ambivalence of Enlightenment Political Philosophy’ in The Dispossessed Eighteenth Century, ed. Jordana Rosenberg and Chi-ming Yang (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014), a special issue of The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation 55.2-3 (Summer/Fall 2014), 153-74.
  • ‘Notes from Babel: Toward a Colonial History of Comparative Literature,’ Critical Inquiry 39.2 (Winter 2013), 296-326.
  • ‘Orientalism and the Permanent Fix of War’ in The Postcolonial Enlightenment: Eighteenth-Century Colonialism and Postcolonial Theory, ed. Daniel Carey and Lynn Festa (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009; paper, 2013).
  • ‘The Theater of the Civilized Self: Edmund Burke and the East India Trials,’ Representations 78 (Spring 2002), 28-55. Reprinted in Edmund Burke, ed. Iain Hampsher-Monk (Burlington: Ashgate, 2009), a volume in the International Library of Essays in the History of Social and Political Thought.
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Affiliated Campus(es)

  • Lehman College