Gitanjali Shahani

Shahani, Gitanjali
(415) 338-2119
Building: Humanities
Room Number: 356
Office Hours: 
Tuesday: 12:30 pm-1:30 pm
Thursday: 12:30 pm-1:30 pm


Ph.D., Emory University.

Shakespearean and non-Shakespearean drama; early modern colonial encounters; postcolonial studies Professor Shahani received her Ph.D. from Emory University in 2007 and her Master’s from the University of Bombay, India in 1997. Her research interests include early modern colonial encounters, women’s writing from the early modern archive, Shakespeare in Hindi cinema, and more recently, food studies. She has taught courses on Shakespearean and non-Shakespearean drama as well as contemporary South Asian literatures and postcolonial theory. She frequently offers graduate and undergraduate seminars on “The Bard in Bollywood,” which is also currently the subject of a larger research project. Her article, “Postcolonial Shakespeare Revisited” (with Jyotsna Singh), appeared in Shakespeare, the journal of the British Shakespeare Association, in 2010. Another essay, “‘A Foreigner by Birth’: The Life of Indian Cloth in the early Modern English Marketplace,” was published in Global Traffic: Discourses and Practices of Trade in English Literature and Culture, 1550-1700, edited by Barbara Sebek and Stephen Deng (Palgrave 2008). Her book, Emissaries in the early Modern World: Mediation, Transmission, Traffic, 1550-1700 (co-edited with Brinda Charry) was published by Ashgate in 2009. She is currently working on a book project, tentatively titled The Spicèd Indian Air in Early Modern England: Consumption, Culinaryism, and Colonialism, which explores discourses of racial, cultural, and religious alterity that emerged in the wake of early English contact with the East, specifically in relation to the seventeenth-century spice trade.