Half an Independence: Women, Violence, and Modern Lives in India
ACLS Burkhardt Fellowship, 2017–18
Her book The Rani of Jhansi: Gender, History, and Fable in India (Cambridge University Press, 2014) interprets the conflicting, mutable images of an historical icon as they change over time in literature, film, history, and popular culture. The book is in its second reprint and has been reviewed in The Telegraph, Economic and Political Weekly, The Book Review, BIBLIO, and South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies.
Her work includes texts in English, Hindi, Urdu, and Punjabi and is interdisciplinary at its core. She works on questions concerning history, politics, and identity in literature and film. Her current book projects include a critical translation of Amrita Pritam’s seminal partition novel Pinjar and a monograph titled Half an Independence: Women, Violence, and Modern Lives in India.
- “Recalling Sahir Ludhianvi’s Plea for Humanity as Religious Wrangling Rises,” The Wire, April 20, 2018.
- “XQs XII – A Conversation with Harleen Singh,” Chapati Mystery, February 28, 2018.
- NHC Conversations with Scholars series: “Women, Violence, and Culture in Contemporary India” at Chapel Hill Public Library, March 3, 2018.
- Professor Singh will be leading a tour to India for the New York Times at the end of March 2018.
- “The Rani Rides Again: After Padmavati, Manikarnika’s Rani of Jhansi Gets Caught in the Crossfire,” The Wire, February 12, 2018.
- Professor Singh was recently an invited speaker at “Sex/Education” conference organized in New Delhi, India by Ashoka University and the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College, November 18-19, 2017. As a part of the plenary panel on Sexuality and Education, she spoke about literary narrative, public memory, and government policy on women, sexuality, and education in India by discussing two novels by R.K. Narayan, The Guide and Painter of Signs.
- Singh, Harleen. “Interior Spaces in Tahmima Anam’s A Golden Age.” In Teaching Anglophone South Asian Women Writers. MLA Options for Teaching Series, 2017 (forthcoming)
- Singh, Harleen. “Graphics of Freedom: Colonial Terrorists and Postcolonial Revolutionaries in Indian Comics.” In Postcolonial Comics Texts, Events, Identities, edited by Binita Mehta and Pia Mukherji, 142-156. Routledge, 2015.
- Singh, Harleen. Rani of Jhansi: Gender, History, and Fable in India. Cambridge University Press, 2014.
- Singh, Harleen. “Insurgent Metaphors: Decentering 9/11 in Mohsin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist and Kamila Shamsie’s Burnt Shadows.” Ariel: A Review of International English Literature 43. 1 (2012): 23-44.
- Singh, Harleen. “Deconstructing Terror: Interview with Mohsin Hamid on The Reluctant Fundamentalist.” Ariel: A Review of International English Literature 42. 2 (2011): 149-156.
- Singh, Harleen. “A Legacy of Violence: Interview with Kamila Shamsie about Burnt Shadows.” Ariel: A Review of International English Literature 42. 2 (2011): 157-162.