I received my BA from the University of Bristol and my PhD from the University of Oxford.
I was co-investigator on the Leverhulme-funded International Network: Planned Violence: Postcolonial Urban Infrastructures and Literature (2014-16) and on the AHRC-funded project Making Britain: South Asian Visions of Home and Abroad, 1870-1950 (2007-10).
I have held Visiting Fellowships at the University of Kelaniya (2016) and at the University of Vienna (2017).
I am Consultant Editor of Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies and on the editorial board of the feminist digital humanities Orlando project.
Research Interests and PhD Supervision
My research interests include:
- Postcolonial literature and theory especially relating to South Asia and the South Asian diaspora
- post-1945 and contemporary fiction
- immigration and gender studies
- the history of the book.
My research interests are in postcolonial and contemporary literature and film, especially relating to South Asia and the South Asian diaspora with particular focus on gender, immigration, globalisation and the cultural representation of Muslim identity in the West.
I have written three monographs on postcolonial and contemporary literature: Hanif Kureishi: Writers and their Works (Northcote House 2002).
South Asian Writers in Twentieth-Century Britain: Culture in Translation(Oxford University Press 2007) is the first book to trace a literary genealogy of South Asian writing in twentieth-century Britain, and to historicise the emergence and development of Britain’s literary market for Asian writers.
Contemporary South Asian Women’s Fiction: Gender, Narration and Globalisation (Palgrave 2016) is the first book to analyse a new generation of award-winning anglophone South Asian women novelists and to destabilise the dominance of Indian fiction by focusing on female authors from Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh as well as India.
I am also the lead editor of South Asians and the Shaping of Britain, 1870-1950: a sourcebook (Manchester University Press, 2013).
For more details, please see my full research profile.
I convene and teach a second-year undergraduate module on Contemporary Global Novels and a third-year undergraduate module on Postcolonial Perspectives. I currently teach my two MA modules Writing Global Cities andContemporary South Asian Women’s Writing.
Ranasinha, R. & Tickell, A., 1 Mar 2020, Routledge. Research output: Book/Report - Book
Ranasinha, R., 1 Jan 2020, The Cambridge History of Black and Asian British Writing. Nasta, S. & Stein, M. (eds.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press., p. 132-147 Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding - Chapter
Ranasinha, R., 1 Jun 2019, In : JOURNAL OF COMMONWEALTH LITERATURE. 54, 2, p. 119-123 5 p. Research output: Contribution to journal - Editorial. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1177/0021989419837026
Ranasinha, R., 2019, The Novel in South and South East Asia since 1945. Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 60-74 Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding - Chapter
Tickell, A. & Ranasinha, R., 4 May 2018, In : Journal of Postcolonial Writing. 54, 3, p. 297-306 10 p. Research output: Contribution to journal - Editorial. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1080/17449855.2018.1461977
Ranasinha, R., 2018, Planned Violence: Postcolonial Urban Infrastructure, Literature & Culture. Palgrave Macmillan, p. 237-255 Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding - Chapter
Ranasinha, R., 2018, In : Interventions. 20, p. 123-126 4 p. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1080/1369801X.2017.1401942
Ranasinha, R., 1 Jan 2016, Palgrave Macmillan UK. 275 p. Research output: Book/Report - Book. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-40305-6
Ranasinha, R., 1 Jan 2016, South-Asian Fiction in English: Contemporary Transformations. BFI Palgrave Macmillan, p. 79-100 22 p. Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding - Chapter. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-40354-4_5
Ranasinha, R., 2016, South-Asian Fiction in English: Contemporary Transformations. Tickell, A. (ed.). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan UK, p. 79-99 20 p. Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding - Chapter