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Office: Humanities 228

Associate Professor

Yogita Goyal’s research examines the literature of the African diaspora, with a particular emphasis on African American and African literature and theory.

Seeking to bridge distinct intellectual traditions, she has broad interests in black nationalism, slavery, the modern novel, and race in a global frame.  Her first book, Romance, Diaspora, and Black Atlantic Literature (Cambridge UP, 2010), situates Africa as constitutive of black modernity, rather than its forgotten past, tracing an ideology of form in constructions of nation and diaspora.

Her current book project, “Slavery and the Transnational Reinvention of Form,” explores how slavery has become a figure for various forms of contemporary inequality, ranging from human trafficking, migrant labor abuse, conscription in war as child soldier, caste-based discrimination, and mass incarceration.

Her work has been supported by a University of California President’s Research Fellowship in the Humanities (2007-2008) and an NEH Fellowship as a Scholar-in-Residence at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library (2003-2004).  She currently serves as Associate Editor of the journal,Contemporary Literature and is guest-editor of the Fall 2014 special issue of Research in African Literatureson “Africa and the Black Atlantic.”  She is also editor of the forthcoming Cambridge Companion to Transnational American Literature (2016).


Ph.D., Brown University, 2003
M.A., Delhi University, 1997
B.A. (Honors), St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University, 1995



2010   Romance, Diaspora, and Black Atlantic Literature.  Cambridge University Press.  (Paperback 2015) Cambridge  Amazon

2014   Guest Editor, Special Issue: Africa and the Black Atlantic, Research in African Literatures. Volume 45, Number 3.  LINK

2017    Editor, Cambridge Companion to Transnational American Literature.

Cambridge University Press.  Cambridge Amazon


2017    “The Genres of Guantánamo Diary: Postcolonial Reading and the War on Terror.”

The Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry. Special issue on Postcolonial Reading Publics, 4.1: 1-19.

2017    “The Transnational Turn and Postcolonial Studies,” Cambridge Companion to

Transnational American Literature, ed. Yogita Goyal. Cambridge University Press, 53-71.

2017    “Introduction: The Transnational Turn.” Cambridge Companion to

Transnational American Literature, ed. Yogita Goyal. Cambridge University Press, 1-15.

2016   “Black Diaspora Literature and the Question of Slavery,” Edinburgh Companion

to Atlantic Literary Studies, eds. Leslie Eckel and Claire Elliott, 146-160.

2016   “Romance and Realism.” Oxford History of the Novel in English. Volume 11: The

Novel in Africa and the Atlantic World, ed. Simon Gikandi. Oxford University Press, 301-315.

2016   “African American Literature, Criticism, and Theory” (5000 words). The

Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies, eds. Sangeeta Ray, Henry Schwarz, José Luis Villacañas Berlanga, Alberto Moreiras, and April Shemak. Blackwell.

2015    “Gender and Geomodernisms” Cambridge Companion to the American

Modernist Novel, ed. Joshua Miller.  Cambridge University Press, 89-105.

2014   “A Deep Humanness, A Deep Grace.”  Interview with Chris Abani, Research in

African Literatures 45.3: 227-240. LINK

2014   “African Atrocity, American Humanity: Slavery and Its Transnational Afterlives,”

Research in African Literatures. 45.3, 48-71.  LINK


2014   “Africa and the Black Atlantic,” Research in African Literatures. 45.3, v-xxv. LINK LINK

2014   “Black Nationalist Hokum: George Schuyler’s Transnational Critique.” African

American Review. 47.1, 21-36. LINK

2011    “The Pull of the Ancestors: Slavery, Apartheid, and Memory in Zakes Mda’s Ways

of Dying and Cion.” Research in African Literatures. 42.2, 147-169. LINK

2010   “Towards an African Atlantic: Ama Ata Aidoo’s Diasporic Theater.” Atlantic

Studies. 7.3, 241-261. LINK

2006   “The Gender of Diaspora in Toni Morrison’s Tar Baby.” Modern Fiction Studies.  52.2, 393-414. LINK

2003   “Theorizing Africa in Black Diaspora Studies: Caryl Phillips’s Crossing the River.”

Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies.  12.1, 5-38. LINK