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About Sonita Sarker

I specialize in 20th and 21st century Anglophone and anti/postcolonial literature with an emphasis on women’s writing at the intersection of literary/cultural with political and economic theories.
I have edited two books--*Trans-Status Subjects* and *Sustainable Feminisms*. I am currently editing one volume and writing two monographs. The volume is a re-edited memoir by Cornelia Sorabji, an early 20th century modernist figure. One monograph is on interdisciplinarity and globalization in 21st century higher education. The other monograph is on five intellectuals defining their work in the context of fascist, socialist, feminist, and capitalist ideologies--Gwendolyn Bennett, Grazia Deledda, Victoria Ocampo, Cornelia Sorabij, and Virginia Woolf. I have published essays on modernism and modernist figures, and am currently writing essays on subalternity and indigeneity in neoliberal globalization from a feminist perspective. I also write blogs for the Minnesota Humanities Association and the national Democratic Socialist Association.
I offer courses in feminist postmodern and anti/postcolonial theories, 20th and 21st century transnational comparative women's writing, and sociopolitical activism. I have been the recipient of awards from the American Council on Education, the Minnesota NEH Foundation, and from the Mellon, Bush, Hewlett and Wallace Foundations. A Ford Foundation Emerging Leaders grant led to the "Sustainable Feminisms" conference at Macalester in 2003 at which academics, activists, social workers, and policy makers gathered to discuss the relationships between feminist theories and practices. I received the American Council on Education fellowship in higher education administration in 2007.
I have been teaching at Macalester since 1995.
B.A., Loreto College, Calcutta, India, 1984; M.A., Calcutta University, Calcutta, India, 1987; M.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1989; Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1993


Present Professor, English, Macalester College
Present Professor, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Macalester College

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  • Gender/Sociopolitical Activism
  • Transnational Perspectives on Race, Gender, and Class
  • Gender, Fascism, Modernism
  • 20th century Anglophone Women Writers
  • Gender and Sociopolitical Activism in 20th Century Feminist Utopias

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Macalester College
Old Main 317
1600 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
(651) 696-6316


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Books/Monographs Published and In Progress (5)

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