Madhu Dubey

Professor of African American Studies and English


Ph. D., English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1989
M.Phil., English, University of Delhi, 1985
M.A., English, University of Delhi, 1981
B.A., English, University of Delhi, 1979

Research Interests

Madhu Dubey teaches courses in African-American literature and culture. Her research interests include African-American literature, cultural studies, and postmodern theory. She has published two books, Black Women Novelists and the Nationalist Aesthetic (1994) and Signs and Cities: Black Literary Postmodernism (2003).

For an excerpt of Signs and Cities, please click on the image below:


The Postmodern Moment in Black Literary and Cultural Studies

It is difficult to write about late-twentieth-century U.S. culture without taking on the term postmodernism, which, without clear consensus about its meaning, circulates widely as a periodizing concept. Generally dated from the 1970s, postmodernism is believed to mark a decisive break from the modern era at the cultural, epistemic, and socioeconomic levels. In most theories of postmodernism, the modern period is identified with industrial capitalism, although its successor is variably characterized as a postindustrial society or a new stage of “multinational” or “disorganized” capitalism. No account of which I a aware makes a convincing case for seeing the postmodern as a socioeconomic order radically discontinuous from the modern, although certain significant changes—such as greater global integration of capital or the spread of advanced technologies—have undoubtedly occurred…



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