Prof. Dr. Miriam Nandi

Prof. Dr. Miriam Nandi


Neuere und neueste britische Literaturwissenschaft im globalen und postkolonialen Rahmen
Geisteswissenschaftliches Zentrum
Beethovenstraße 15, Room 5307
04107 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-37313


Miriam Nandi is Professor of British literary studies in a global and postcolonial frame. She received her PhD and 'Habilitation' from the university of Freiburg, and attended the School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University. Research interests include the Indian English novel, postcolonial theory, psychoanalysis and early modern autobiographical writing. Recently, her research focusses on refugee literature and critical mixed race studies.

Professional career

  • since 04/2021
    Professor of British literary studies in a global and postcolonial frame
  • 02/2020 - 03/2021
    Project manager European identities, EPICUR, University College Freiburg
  • 10/2019 - 03/2020
    Associate Professor, Centre for Anthroplogy and Gender Studies, University of Freiburg
  • 04/2019 - 09/2019
    Acting Professor English literary studies (stand-in for Prof. Dr. Monika Fludernik), University of Freiburg
  • 10/2016 - 03/2019
    Lecturer, Department of North American Studies, University of Freiburg
  • 03/2009 - 09/2016
    Margarete von Wrangell-fellow, University of Freiburg
  • 02/2001 - 12/2004
    Researcher in the cluster of excellence 541 Identities / Alterities, University of Freiburg


  • since 11/2017
    Venia legendi, English philology, University of Freiburg
  • since 01/2006
    PhD in English literature, University of Freiburg
  • 06/2005 - 07/2005
    School of Criticism and Theory, Cornell University

My research focusses on the Indian-English novel, postcolonial theory and the early modern English diary. I was also principal investigator in the interdisciplinary research cluster 1015 Otium with a project on colonial discourses on idleness during the Raj.

The monograph M/Other India/s explores literary representations of caste and poverty in the Indian English novel. Social critical literature vacillates between denouncing social injustice and articulating ambivalent fantasies about the other.

My second book Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak is a students' introduction to her work.

Reading the Early Modern Diary traces the historical genealogy, formal characteristics and shifting cultural uses of the early modern diary. It investigates the possibilities and limitations the genre held for the self-expression of a writer at a time in which the individual or subject was not yet framed or protected by a system of democratic individualism.

  • Nandi, M.
    M/Other India/s. Zur literarischen Verarbeitung von Armuts- und Kastenproblematik in ausgewählten Texten der indisch-englischen und muttersprachlichen indischen Literatur seit 1935
    Heidelberg: Winter. 2007.
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  • Nandi, M.
    Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak. Eine interkulturelle Einführung
    Nordhausen: Traugott Bautz. 2009.
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  • Nandi, M.
    Reading the Early Modern English Diary
    Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 2021.
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  • Nandi, M.
    Idle Poor and Lazy Natives? – (Re-)Writing Stereotypes about the Global Poor
    In: Jain-Warden, V.; Schmidt-Haberkamp, B. (Eds.)
    Representing Poverty in the Anglophone Postcolonial World . Göttingen: V&R unipress. 2021.
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  • Nandi, M.
    Multidirectional Memory and the Postcolonial Indian Novel: Vikram Seth’s "Two Lives"
    In: Henke, D.; Vanassche, T. (Eds.)
    Ko-Erinnerung. Grenzen, Herausforderungen und Perspektiven des neueren Shoah-Gedenkens. Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter. 2020. pp. 83–98.
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On a thematic level, my teaching covers a wide range of topics in English literary studies, ranging from early modern poetry and drama to contemporary global anglophone literatures. Moreover, I am interested in interdisciplinary teaching, for instance, in disability studies and literature and ethics. For the European teaching and learning project in the EPICUR alliance, I developed and managed international, collaborative, digital teaching projects together with other European partner universities.

In my seminars, I try to create a positive atmosphere for learning by balancing student-based approaches against short phases of input. Constructive and encouraging feedback is crucial in my teaching philosophy.