DR. JAP-NANAK KAUR MAKKAR

Research & Teaching in
Postcolonial Literature & the History of Media and Technology

 

ABOUT

I am Assistant Professor of Postcolonial Literature and Digital Humanities at Wilkes University, Department of English.  I earned a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) and a Master of Arts from the University of Toronto in 2010 and 2011, respectively; I received a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Virginia in 2018. My research examines the relationships between postcolonial fiction, poststructuralism, and the history of technology, focusing especially on the cultural legacies of cybernetics and information theory.


Some of my research has been published or is forthcoming in Contemporary Literature and boundary 2: an international journal of literature and culture. My book project, tentatively titled Uses of Autonomy: Literature and Theory after Cybernetics, reveals the little-known history of intellectual and literary currents after 1945, explaining how a technocratic ideology such as cybernetics helped to shape the concerns of postcolonial literature and French theory.