Aarthi Vadde
Assistant Professor in the Department of English

Aarthi Vadde works in the field of 20th-21st century Anglophone literature with particular interests in the history of migration and globalization, theories of internationalism, the environmental humanities, and media studies.  Her book Chimeras of Form: Modernist Internationalism beyond Europe, 1914-2016 was published by Columbia UP in 2016.  It illustrates how modernist and contemporary writers from Rabindranath Tagore to Zadie Smith reimagine the nation and internationalism in a period defined by globalization. Drawing on close readings of individual texts and on literary, postcolonial, and cosmopolitical theory, Vadde explains how modernist challenges to traditional notions of aesthetic form enable newfound understandings of the cohesion and interrelation of political communities.  More broadly, her book explains the significance of literary study to political and cultural debates about transnational interdependence.  An interview related to the book is available at http://www.cupblog.org/?p=20428

Vadde is at work on a second book tentatively entitled “The Amateur Spirit,” which brings contemporary literature into conversation with digital media and the sociology of expertise.  It considers the effect of the sharing economy and mass amateurization on literary production and publishing practices.  Vadde joined Duke after completing a postdoctoral fellowship in the English Department at Harvard University.

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