I am interested in different forms of violence in contemporary postcolonial and world literature. My doctoral research looked at more or less violent forms of community and belonging in contemporary literature from two partition areas: Israel and Palestine, and India and Pakistan. I am currently in the process of preparing this work for publication under the title Bordering the World in Post-Partition Literature. The book explores the border imaginary in a range of genres by writers such as David Grossman, Raja Shehadeh, Amitav Ghosh and Uzma Aslam Khan, especially through the epistemic limits and boundaries that exist in both sectarian and humanist discourse.
My British Academy funded project considers violent textualities in graphic literature (graphic novels, memoirs and comic journalism) from and about the Middle East and South Asia. I will mainly be focussing on the relationship between alternative modes of representation and political violence in texts from Iran, Egypt, Palestine, Israel and India. This project taps into some of my broader interests in conflict narratives, popular resistance literature, narratology and reading.