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School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Adhira Mangalagiri, AB, PhD (UChicago)


Lecturer in Comparative Literature

Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7882 8310
Room Number: ArtsOne 1.01
Office Hours: Mondays, 1.30-2.30pm


My primary area of expertise lies in modern Chinese literature (early- and mid-twentieth centuries). I specialize secondarily in Hindi and Urdu literatures. My research explores intersections between the Chinese and Indian literary spheres during the modern period. I study China-India literary comparison both in terms of contact (the overlapping paths of texts, people, and objects across the national borders), and in terms of contingency (comparative paradigms that bring Chinese and Indian texts together in the absence of material contact).

Theoretically, I am centrally interested in questions of literary method – as explored in the fields of critical theory, postcolonial theory, and world-literary theory – and particularly in the history/literature and aesthetics/politics dyads. I also work on theorizing the practice and value of literary comparison beyond Euro-centric paradigms and in relation to the China-India literary axis. Conceptually, I am drawn to imaginative geographies beyond the category of the nation, such as the ideas of “Asia,” “Third World,” and “Global South.”

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I teach the following undergraduate modules: Understanding Culture: An Introduction to Theory, Comparative Modernisms: The Case of China and India, and Facts and Fictions of Climate Change. I welcome the opportunity to supervise postgraduate research on modern Chinese literature, China-India literary relations, Hindi/Urdu literatures, Cold War literary spheres (of influence), and East/South Asian environmental humanities.


Research Interests:

Modern Chinese literature, Hindi/Urdu literature, Modernism, Critical Theory, World Literature, Postcolonial Studies, Global South Studies



States of Disconnect: The China-India Literary Relation in the Twentieth Century. New York: Columbia University Press, 2023.

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Book reviews:

  • Wang Ruliang 王汝良. The Image of India in Chinese Literature (中国文学中的印度形象研究). Beijing: Zhonghua shuju, 2018. Reviewed in Crossroads: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Asian Interactions. Vol. 19.1-2 (2020). 

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