Department of English

University of Toronto

Raza Kolb, Anjuli Fatima

Anjuli Fatima Raza KolbAnjuli
Associate Professor of English; Graduate Faculty; Undergraduate Instructor, University of Toronto Mississauga  
UTM Office Location: MN 5294 
UTSG Office Location: Jackman Humanities Building, 170 St. George Street, Room 801

Teaching and Research Interests: Postcolonial literature and theory; history of science and environmental humanities, poetry and poetics, gender and sexuality studies

B.A., Columbia University; M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Columbia University

Anjuli Raza Kolb is a scholar of colonial and postcolonial literature and theory with particular research interests in the history of science and intellectual history, poetry and poetics, gender and sexuality studies, political theory and independence movements, the gothic and horror, and comparative literary studies. Her work has been supported by the Hellman foundation, the Edward W. Said fellowship at Columbia University's Heyman Center for the Humanities, and City College New York's Beyond Identity program where she served as visiting expert scholar in women's and gender studies in 2017.

Her first scholarly monograph, Epidemic Empire: Colonialism, Contagion, and Terror, 1817-2020 (forthcoming, University of Chicago Press) lays out the literary and discursive history behind the ubiquitous figure of the "terrorism epidemic," locating the origin of contemporary global Islamophobia in the post-Mutiny British empire, and assessing the contemporary "epidemiological" approach to terrorism as a legacy of therapeutic empire. With readings of the Muslim ban, Rudyard Kipling, the 19th century Anglo-Indian cholera archive, Bram Stoker, Albert Camus, Frantz Fanon, Djamila Boupacha, The Battle of Algiers, Salman Rushdie, and the 9/11 Commission Report, Epidemic Empire calls for comparative and postcolonial methods for the study of the political present.

Anjuli is also at work on a second scholarly book about special commodities (sugar, water, and world literature), a collection of poems after the Urdu poet Iqbal entitled Janaab-e Shikva (Watchqueen), and a set of articles on the natural sciences in the colonies. Her poems, translations, essays, and other writings have appeared and are forthcoming in various venues including the Los Angeles Review of Books, Discourse, FENCE, Critical Quarterly, The Boston Review, Peach Magazine, Reality Beach, Public Books, Victorian Studies, Triple Canopy, Guernica, and more.


Epidemic Empire: Colonialism, Contagion, and Terror 1817-2020 (University of Chicago Press, 2020)
Erinyes, Metro Pictures Gallery, 2019.

"Paravictorianism: Mary Shelley and Viral Sovereignty" Victorian Studies special issue on Critical Race Theory (62.3), 2020.
"Great Games," Post45 Contemporaries, 2020.
"Meta-Dracula: Contagion and the Colonial Gothic" Victorian Literature and Culture, special issue, Outbreak: Contagion and Culture in the Victorian Era, ed. Lakshmi Krishnan. Forthcoming, 2021.
"Ghatak's Alluvial Forms," edited volume on the films of Ritwik Ghatak, ed. Gayatri Spivak, forthcoming, 2021.
"Field Work," Labors of Fear: Work in Horror Cinema, ed. Aviva Briefel, forthcoming 2021.

Recent Essays
"This Was Supposed to Be Beautiful: A Failure," Poetry Foundation, 2020.
"Epidemic Empire: A Conversation with Anjuli Raza Kolb,' The Revealer, 2020.
"Of Mice and ICE," The Poetry Foundation, 2018.
"Dumb Messenger," The Poetry Foundation, 2018.  
"Scandal Folder, " The Poetry Foundation, 2018.  
"A New Alhambra," The Poetry Foundation, 2018.
"Liberation Biology," Syndicate Lit, 2018.
"Pessoptimism of the Will," The Boston Review, 2017.

Select Poems
"Massgirl," Montreal International Poetry Prize, Shortlist, 2020.
"Color Thief," (translated from the Urdu), Words Without Borders, 2020.
"The Chandrasekhar Limit," Critical Quarterly, 61.2, 2019.
"@Allah," Poetry, 2017.

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