Asif Iqbal

Postcolonial Studies, South Asian Literature and Cultures, Anglophone and World Literature, Bengali and Bangladeshi Cinema

Office: C707 Wells Hall


Asif Iqbal is a doctoral candidate. His project “Two Partitions: Postcolonial Culture and Nation Formation in Bengali, Bangladeshi, and Anglophone South Asian Literatures” is a multilingual exploration of literature informing the formation of Bangladesh as a political and discursive construct, as it evolved from the 1947 entity called ʺEast Pakistanʺ to the sovereign nation of Bangladesh. His research interest pertains to Global Anglophone and World Literatures as well as South Asian literatures and films. As a creative writer, Iqbal has contributed to publications such as Maps & Metaphors: Writings by Young Writers from Bangladesh and United Kingdom (2006) and 9th Edge: Creative Writings from Bangladesh (2012).


“Thinking Beyond Nationalism in South Asia: Reading the Local as Postcolonial in Fault Lines: Stories of 1971.” South Asian Review 38.1 (2017): 101-113.


Spring 2020 ENG 206: Global Literatures

Course Title: “The World and Political in Global Anglophone Literatures.”

The class engaged with the recent “global” turn in literary studies where the “Anglophone” traditions of the Global South will be interrogated side by side with theories of postcolonialism, multiculturalism and globalization in literature.   

Fall 2019 ENG 126: Intro to Literary Genres

Course Title: “The World in Drama, Prose, Poetry and Narrative Fiction”

The class charted the various European and non-European worlds depicted in drama, prose, poetry and narrative fiction by using “worlding” of places as a guiding concept to locate colonization, preoccupation with the “other” in European literatures and the many “writing back” strategies used by postcolonial writers.

Summer 2019 IAH 204: Asia and the World

Course Title: “South Asia and the World in Global Anglophone Novel”

Aiming to complicate the term “Global Anglophone Novel,” the class explored three novels from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh to complicate the stereotypical views of South Asia perpetuated in the media. As the novels highlight the three countries by focusing on their contemporary relevance in a world where capitalist exploitations have intensified alongside the specter of terror and warfare contributing to refugeehood and political squabbles of national and international interests, they were explored to problematize the worldwide imagination of places often inscribed by stereotypes.