Tara Needham

B.A. Philosophy (magna cum laude), Stony Brook University

Research Interests:

My research areas include cultural and critical theory (with a focus on materialist and feminist discourses), transnational modernism(s), and postcolonial literature. My dissertation looks at representations and rhetoric of violence in the global modern novel, 1919-1948. My secondary interests include poetry and creative writing pedagogy.


“Base/Superstructure” in The Encyclopedia of Literary and Cultural Theory (Wiley-Blackwell Publishers) Eds. Michael Ryan and Gregory Castle. Forthcoming 2011.

“Convoy: All Hail the Horns” (poem) in J Journal: New Writing on Justice.
Forthcoming, December 2010.

“Projections of America: Negotiating Boundaries of State and Self,” Review of John R. Eperjesi’s The Imperialist Imaginary and Laura Browder’s Slippery Characters, in Journal of Modern Literature, 2007.

Conference Presentations:

“ ‘What is a Policemen before a Gandhi’s Man?’: Human Rights, Narration and Non-violence in Rao’s Kanthapura” The Languages of Modernism/Modernist Studies Association Conference, Montreal, Quebec Nov 2009.

“Should I Stay or Should I Go? Economies of dwelling in C.L.R. James’ Minty Alley” Ethnic and Third World Literatures Conference. University of Texas at Austin, April 2009.

“ ‘Worse Things’: Visions of a Post-National Feminist Politics in Two Contemporary Indian Novels” Women, Nation, Home: 17th Annual Romance Language and Literatures Conference SUNY Binghamton, March 2008.

Fellowships and Awards:

John Woods Scholarship, Prague Summer Program, 2010
Philip Hurd List Poetry Prize, 2010 Honorable Mention
School of Criticism and Theory, Cornell University, Tuition Scholarship, 2007

Select Teaching Experience:

ENG 102z: Introduction to Creative Writing
ENG 222: World Literature

ENG 372: Transnational Literature 

ENG 399z: Imperial Adventures (teaching assistant to Prof. Bret Benjamin)