post-colonial studies

Dr. Richard Gray

Richard J. Gray II is assistant professor of French at Ashland University in Ohio. His fields of study include interdisciplinary approaches to French literary studies, Post-colonial studies, and Francophone studies. His current project is a monograph entitled Francophone African Poetic Literature: A Sociocultural History (2014). He is also editor of The Performance Identities of Lady Gaga: Critical Essays (2012) and co-editor (with Betty Kaklamanidou) of Film and Television Superheroes in the New Millennium: Politics, Gender and Genre (2011). His articles include “Sexual Politics: Mapping the Body in Marguerite Duras’s L’Amant” in Romanica Silesiana 8 (2014), “Writing from the Left Bank: Reading Richard Wright’s Native Son and The Outsider against the Backdrop of Communism and French Existentialism” in Black Writers and the Left, Ed. Kristin Moriah, Cambridge Scholars (2013), “Moving Beyond the Margins: Identity Fragmentation in Visual Representation in Michel Tournier’s La Goutte d’or” in Text Matters: A Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 2 (2012), “A Matter of Fundamentals: Sound and Silence in the Radio Drama of Samuel Beckett” in Babilónia – Revista Lusófona de Línguas, Culturas e Tradução10/11 (2011), and “Performing War: Vichyite Ideology from Across the Sea in Camille Morel’s poetic radio dramatic work ‘France!..Présent!.. Poème épique Radiophonique et Théâtral en un acte et deux tableaux’” in InterCulture 5:3 (2008).

Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin
M.A., Purdue University
B.A., Eastern Michigan University

William H. Myers, Ph.D.

William H. Myers, Ph.D. is a professor of New Testament at the Ashland University Theological Seminary, as well as the director of the black church studies program. After receiving his B.B.A., Myers received his M.B.A. from Cleveland State University, his M.A., D.Min., and M.Div., from the Ashland University Theological Seminary, and his Ph.D., from the University of Pittsburgh. Myer's denomination is Baptist.

Sharleen Mondal

Sharleen Mondal is Assistant Professor of English at Ashland University. She is an interdisciplinary scholar of gender and sexuality in Victorian Britain and colonial South Asia. Drawing on transnational and postcolonial feminist theory, her research explores how race, gender, sexuality, caste, and class shaped narratives of national identity and political engagement for both British and Indian subjects who were socially marginalized—including, for instance, Hindu widows, people of mixed or ambiguous racial identity, non-heterosexuals, and religious converts. Dr. Mondal traces these marginalized subjects through a rich archive of texts, including novels, poetry, autobiography, letters, photographs, religious tracts, travel narratives, and periodicals. She is committed to studying literary texts alongside other relevant cultural texts and to that end, employs the methods of close reading and discourse analysis in her work.

Dr. Mondal’s current research includes two book projects. Taking Liberty: The Work and Writing of Pandita Ramabai, employs a transnational Victorian studies perspective to understand what role Indian Christian women played in the emergence of feminism in India. In particular, the book examines the work of late nineteenth-century Hindu convert to Christianity, Ramabai Dongre Medhavi (1858-1922), also known by the honorific title Pandita Ramabai. Ramabai was an advocate for oppressed Hindu widows regarded by the Brahmin (high-caste) patriarchy as sexually toxic and polluting. Taking Liberty reveals that Ramabai forged alliances with reformers across the world to obtain support for the widows’ homes and schools she created in India. The book argues that in forming these alliances, Ramabai crafted a distinctive public persona for herself and other Indian Christian women and directly challenged both British colonial and Brahmin patriarchal oppression of widows.

Dr. Mondal’s second book project, Desiring Politics in Victorian Britain and Colonial South Asia, focuses on late Victorian imperial anxiety around racial mixture and the preoccupation with so-called racial purity. It shows that just as there was a drive for “purity,” celibacy, and eugenics in England, there was also a contemporaneous Indian focus on celibacy and preserving religious purity. Desiring Politics argues that the notion of sexual restraint was central to late Victorian colonial nationalisms in England and South Asia, manifesting in a wide range of fiction and political writings. Her analysis shows how some writers of the period envisioned forms of intimacy which challenged the idea that sexual restraint must be a precondition for meaningful participation in social and political life.


Mondal, Sharleen. “Whiteness, Miscegenation, and Anti-Colonial Rebellion in Rudyard Kipling’s The Man Who Would Be King.” Victorian Literature and Culture. (Forthcoming.)

Belanger, Jackie, Rebecca Bliquez, and Sharleen Mondal. “Developing a Collaborative Faculty-Librarian Information Literacy Project.” Library Review 61.2 (2012): 68-91.

Mondal, Sharleen. “Reading The Namesake: The Politics of Community Dialogue.” Awaaz: The Voice of South Asia (2011): 31-36.

Mondal, Sharleen. “Racing Desire and the New Man of the House in Wilkie Collins’s The Moonstone.” Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies 5.1 (2009).

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