Biman Basu

Biman BasuAssociate Professor of English and Creative Writing

Joined faculty in 1998

Ph.D., University of Minnesota at Minneapolis
M.A., North Carolina State University at Raleigh
B.A., Jadavpur Univeristy

Contact Information

DemarestPhone (315) 781-3367

Scholarly Interest

African American Literature, Postcolonial Literatures, Globalization, Cultural Studies, Theory.


The Commerce of Peoples:  Sadomasochism and African American Literature. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2012.

Selected Articles:
"Linguistic and Libidinal Progressions in Sam Selvon's The Lonely Londoners." Mosaic. 51. 2. (June 2018): 75-90.

"Postcolonial World Literature: Forster-Roy-Morrison."  The Comparatist.  Volume 38 (October 2014): 158-187.

"Reading the Techno-Ethnic Other in Don DeLillo's White Noise." Arizona Quarterly. 61. 2 (Summer 2005): 87-111.
"The Genuflected Body of the Masochist in Richard Wright." Public Culture. Vol. 16, No. 2 (Spring 2004): 239-263.
"Hybrid Embodiment and an Ethics of Masochism: Nella Larsen's Passing and Sherley Anne Williams' Dessa Rose." African American Review. Vol. 36, No. 3 (Fall 2002): 383-401 .

"Figurations of 'India' and the Transnational in W.E.B. Du Bois." Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies. Vol. 10, No. 2 (Fall 2001): 221-241 .

"'Oral Tutelage' and Literacy in Paule Marshall's Brown Girl, Brownstones and Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God." MELUS: Journal of the Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States. Vol. 24 No. 1, Spring 1999: 161-176.

"Trapped and Troping: Allegories of the Transnational Intellectual: Tsitsi Dangarembga's Nervous Conditions." Ariel: A Review of International English Literature. Vol. 28, No. 3 (July 1997): 7-24. Rpt. Emerging Perspectives on Tsitsi Dangarembga. Ed. Ann Elizabeth Willey and Jeanette Treiber. Africa World Press, 2001.

"Public and Private Discourses and the Black Female Subject: Gayl Jones' Eva's Man."  Callaloo: A Journal of Afro-American and African Arts and Letters. Vol. 19, No. 1. (Winter 1996): 193-208. 
"The Black Voice and the Language of the Text: Toni Morrison's Sula." College Literature. Vol. 23, No. 3 (October 1996): 88-103
The Commerce of Peoples book cover