Elam, Daniel J.

Assistant Professor (Limited Term)South Asian Literature

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3359 Mississauga Rd., Erindale Hall
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L5L 1C6
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Daniel Elam specialises in theories of World Literature, with a specific focus on twentieth-century South Asian literature and political writing. He is especially interested in anticolonial, diasporic and postcolonial theory; the origins of 'World Literature' and comparative literature; as well as Global Literatures in English. 

He is currently working on a book project about anticolonial theories of hermeneutics and aesthetics, focusing on figures like Dhan Gopal Mukerji, Lala Har Dayal, B.R. Ambedkar, Bhagat Singh, and M.K. Gandhi. His work connects South Asian thinkers to North American thinkers, and therefore offers an alternate route of intellectual and literary thought across the North Atlantic world. 

Before coming to the University of Toronto, Daniel taught ethnic, diaspora, and globalisation studies at Northwestern University (Illinois, USA) and was the Mellon Sawyer Seminar Postdoctoral Fellow in 'Bibliomigrancy: World Literature and the Public Sphere' at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 


He has published essays in Interventions, American Quarterly, Postcolonial Studies, and Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, and contributes to the Los Angeles Review of Books and the South Asian American Digital Archive. He is at work on a book project tentatively titled Reading Against Empire.