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B.A., Harvard University;
M.A., Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Area of Specialization
Postcolonial and transcultural literatures; World Literature; U.S. Ethnic Literature; Methods of Literary Study; Postcolonial Women’s Writing; Race, Gender, and Ethnicity in U.S. Ethnic Literature; Contemporary British Fiction.
Josna Rege is Professor of English and Director of the Global Studies Program at Worcester State. She holds a B.A. in English and American Literature from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
A specialist in postcolonial literature—in particular, literatures in English from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and the global postcolonial diaspora—Professor Rege takes a broad cultural and historical approach to literary studies. In her book, Colonial Karma: Self, Action, and Nation in the Indian English Novel (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), she traces the development of the novel genre in colonial and postcolonial India alongside the development of cultural nationalism. She also specializes in contemporary British literature, focusing on fiction in a changing Britain since the Second World War. In her life before academia, Professor Rege worked as an editor, and is still involved in various editorial projects. She is the founding editor of the electronic peer-reviewed journal, Currents in Teaching and Learning, published by Worcester State University.
Professor Rege takes a special interest in contemporary writing and cultural production by women, in national and transnational contexts. She contributed to Who’s Who in Contemporary Women’s Writing (Routledge, 1999) as Section Editor for South Asia and the South Asian diaspora, and has published essays on Anita Desai and Doris Lessing, among others. She serves on the executive committee of the Doris Lessing Society and on the advisory board for SPARROW (Sound and Picture ARchives for Research on Women), a women’s archives based in Mumbai, India. Closer to home, she serves on the advisory committee of massmouth, a Massachusetts-based non-profit organization dedicated, in its own words, to “promoting the timeless art of storytelling through live performance, education, and digital media,” and has worked to organize storytelling workshops and slams in the greater Worcester community. Her current research project combines her interest in women’s archives, oral histories, and creative collaboration in and across nations, as she explores both physical and digital cultural projects located in India, England, and the United States.
Professor Rege teaches introductory and upper-level courses in postcolonial and world literature, U.S. ethnic literature, modern and contemporary British literature, and contemporary critical theory. She offers courses in the First-Year and Honors Programs and regularly cross-lists her courses with the Women’s Studies and Global Studies Programs.