Jaspal Kaur Singh

Professor
Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of Oregon
M.A.I.S., Oregon State University
B.A.and M.A., University of Delhi and Agra University
jsingh@nmu.edu

Jaspal Kaur Singh, Professor of English Literature at Northern Michigan University, received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Oregon (1998).  She was a Rockefeller Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Gender in Africa, James S. Coleman African Studies Center, University of California, Los Angeles (1998-1999).  She is the recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Award at NMU (2009-2010). In 2012-2013, Jaspal was a Fulbright Teaching and Research Scholar and spent a year in India.  Her research project focused on the representation of Sikhs in Literature and Culture and her monograph is tentatively titled, Gendering Nations: The Construction of Sikh Homelands in Indian and Diasporic Imaginations.

Jaspal is the author of a monograph, Representation and Resistance: Indian and African Women’s Texts at Home and in the Diaspora (U of Calgary Press, 2008); co-edited two essay collections: 1). Indian Writers: Transnationalisms and Diasporas; 2). Trauma, Resistance, Reconciliation in Post-1994 South African Writing; and assistant editor of an anthology, Voice on the Water: Great Lakes Native America Now. Her current project includes an anthology on contemporary Turkish Literature and Culture, tentatively titled, Negotiating Gender and Sexuality in Post-Kemalist Turkey.

Jaspal was born and raised in Burma, lived in India and Iraq, and now resides permanently in the US and calls Marquette home.  She has a son, Gautam, who lives in Oregon, and a daughter, Gina, who lives in Los Angeles. 

Selected Publications:

Monograph, book:

Representation and Resistance: Indian and African Women Writers at     Home and in the Diaspora. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2008.

Anthology, assistant editor|
Voice On the Water: Great Lakes Native America Now. Marquette, NMU Press, 2011.

Anthology, co-editor: Indian Writers: Transnationalisms and Diasporas. New York: Peter Lang Publishers, 2010.

Anthology, co-editor: Trauma, Resistance, Reconciliation in Post-1994 South African Writing. New York: Peter Lang Publishers, 2010.


 Peer-reviewed Chapters and Refereed Articles

“South African Indian Fiction: Transformations in Ahmed Essop’s Political Ethos,” Research in African Literature, Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2011.

“The Construction of Sikh Identity and Ideas of Nations/Homelands in Indian and Diasporic Imaginations.” Journal of Contemporary Thought. Ed. Prafula Kar, et al. Delhi: Pencraft International, 2009.  250-261.

“Africa in India: The African Diaspora in India in Kamal Amrohi’s Film Razia Sultan.” India in Africa, Africa in India.  Ed. John Hawley. Bloomington, IN: Indiana UP, 2008. 273-288.

“Memory of Trauma in Meena Alexander’s Texts.” Tracing an Indian Diaspora.  Ed. Parvati Raghuram, et al. New Delhi: Sage Publication, 2007. 55-80.

“Contrary Narrative Spaces and the Sikh Woman: Imperial Aftermaths in Bhisham Sahni’s Tamas and Gulzar’s Maachis,Sikh Formations: Religion, Culture, Theory 2.2 (2006): 125-134. 

“Transnational Multicultural Feminism and the Politics of Location: Queering Diaspora in Nisha Ganatra’s Chutney Popcorn, Deepa Mehta’s Fire, and Shani Mootoo’s Cereus Blooms at Night.” South Asian Review 26.2 (2005): 148-161. 

“Homoeroticism and the Construction of Alterity: On Reading A Passage to India and The Home and the World.” Journal of Contemporary Thought 4 (2005): 23-44. 

“Globalization, Transnationalism, and Identity Politics in South Asian Women’s Texts.” Michigan Academician   35.2 (2003): 171-188. 

“Representing the Poetics of Resistance in Transnational South Asian Women’s Fiction and Film.” South Asian Review 24.1 (2003): 202-219. 

“Studies of Bharati Mukherjee,” Asian American Novelists: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Source Book.  Ed. Emmanuel Nelson, Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2000.  84-99.

 
 Conference Proceedings

“Madness and Resistance in Postcolonial African and Caribbean Texts.”
Association Of University English Teachers in Southern Africa, South Africa, 2008.

“Transnationalisms and Multiculturalisms: Intersecting Pedagogies in the American Classroom.”
Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, Hawaii, 2006.

“Indo-Caribbean Literature and the Politics of Location: Transnational Feminism and Identity Politics in Shani Mootoo’s Cereus Blooms at Night.”
National Association of Asian Studies, Houston, Texas, 2004.

“Homoeroticism and the Construction of Alterity: On Reading A Passage to India and The Home and the World.”
Rethinking Modernity Conference.  Jaipur University, India, 2004. 

"New and Old World Poetics: Representation and Construction of Gender Identity in William Shakespeare's The Tempest, Bernal Diaz's The Conquest of New Spain, Gloria Anzaldua's Borderlands, and Rigoberta Menchu's I, Rigoberta Menchu: An Indian Woman in Guatemala."  National Association for Latin American Studies, Houston, Texas, 2000.

 Creative Work: Poetry

“Moonless Burmese Nights,” The Offbeat: With Abandon. 8 (2008): 67

“Carolina Farms,” The Offbeat: With Abandon. 8 (2008): 5

“Chicken Curry Nights.” The Offbeat: With Abandon. 8 (2008): 15                      

“Culver City Gas Station.” The Offbeat: Tell Me Everything 7 (2007): 71.

“Indian Woman: Reflected, Constructed, Real.” Dreadlocks Interrupted!  3 (2006): 34-36.

“Ode to Narinder Virk: Lighter of Spark.” Struggle: Full Rights for Immigrants. 22 (2006): 49-51.

“Indian Woman.” South Asian Review 24.3 (2005): 69-70.

“Two Raindrops.” South Asian Review 24.3 (2005): 70-71.

“Storytelling Woman.” The Offbeat 5 (2005): 32-33.

“Hybrid Kisses.” In Other Words: An American Poetry Anthology, ed. Leslie James. Denver, Colorado: Western Reading Services, 2003. 111.

"R-E-M-E-M-O-R-Y:  Tales of a Goat-herder's Daughter, Champa, and the Magical Pot-maker." Emergences: Journal for the Study of Media and Composite Cultures. 10.1 (2000): 157-170.  

 Creative Work: Short Story

“June Winter Days: Durban Shores.” South Asian Review: Creative Writing Issue, University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown Literary Journal, 2009

“Shades of Love: English Toffee.”  The Offbeat: With Abandon. 8 (2008): 35-49

“Pearl Necklace: Rani Haar.”  The Offbeat: With Abandon. 8 (2008): 82-100               

“Eternal Moments.” South Asian Review: Creative Writing Issue, University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown Literary Journal.  27.3 (2007): 41-53.