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Dr. Daniel Elam

  • AB. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, MA. PhD. Northwestern University
  • RRST*

Academic and Research Bio

J. Daniel ELAM is an assistant professor in Comparative Literature at the University of Hong Kong. In 2018-2019, he is a Fellow in the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University. He has previously taught at the University of Toronto and was the Mellon Sawyer Seminar Postdoctoral Fellow in ‘Bibliomigrancy’ at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Daniel specialises in transnational Asian and African literatures in the twentieth century, modernism, postcolonial theory, and global intellectual history. He works on literature from the ‘global south’, with a focus on anticolonial movements in British Empire. He also works Black American anti-racist thought in the 1920s and 1930s, Third World solidarity movements during the Cold War, and anti-Apartheid activism in South Africa in the 1960s-1980s. He has written on Bhagat Singh, M.K. Gandhi, B.R. Ambedkar, W.E.B. Du Bois, Emma Goldman, and other figures. He has published essays in many journals, including Postcolonial Studies, Interventions, and PMLA. He is the co-editor, with Kama Maclean and Chris Moffat, of two volumes on South Asian revolutionary writing: Reading Revolutionaries (2014) and Writing Revolution (2017). His forthcoming monograph is World Literature for the Wretched of the Earth: Anticolonial Aesthetics, Postcolonial Democracy.

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