Restoration and 18th-Century British literature; nationalism, imperialism, and literary culture; postcolonial and world literature, esp. South Asian
Alok Yadav teaches courses on Eighteenth-Century British Literature and Postcolonial and World Literature, such as Engl 450 (Eighteenth-Century English Novel), Engl 404 (The Augustan Age), Engl 350 (The Idea of a World Literature) and special topics courses on the African and South Asian Novel and on Empire and English Literature. He received his PhD from Cornell University, and taught at the California Institute of Technology and the University of Chicago before joining the English Department at George Mason. He is the author of Before the Empire of English: Literature, Provinciality, and Nationalism in Eighteenth-Century Britain (2004) and has published essays and reviews on issues of nationalism, empire, eighteenth-century British literary culture, and fictionality in Clio, Criticism, Cultural Critique, ELH, Literature Compass, Modern Philology, Novel, and Recherche Littéraire/Literary Research.
He is currently working on a book on Kipling's Kim and political criticism of literature, and on a digital project on anthologies of African American literature (enumerative bibliography, documentation of covers, index of contents, and reception history).
"Picaresque Novel." The Encyclopedia of the Novel. Ed. Peter Melville Logan, et al. 2 vols. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.
"Literature, Fictiveness, and Postcolonial Criticism." Novel 43.1 (2010): 189-96.
Before the Empire of English: Literature, Provinciality, and Nationalism in Eighteenth-Century Britain. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.
"Fractured Meanings: Hudibras and the Historicity of the Literary Text." ELH 62 (1995): 529-49.
"Nationalism and Contemporaneity: Political Economy of a Discourse." Cultural Critique 26 (1993-94): 191-229.
ENGL 345: Empire and English Literature: Marlowe to Kipling
ENGL 350: The Idea of a World Literature
ENGL 404: Augustan Age
ENGL 450: Eighteenth Century British Novel
ENGL 635: Eighteenth-Century British
ENGL 701: Research in English Studies