Department of English
207 Lind Hall
207 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Phone: 612-625-3363

College of Liberal Arts Voices from the Gaps

Qadri Ismail

photo of cover of Professor Ismail's book Abiding by Sri Lanka


Associate Professor

Ph.D. English, Columbia University, 1998
19 Lind Hall

Department Affiliations


Areas of Expertise

cultural studies; postcolonial literature; literary theory; gender/sexuality; historiography; democracy; human rights; the enlightenment; the british nineteenth century; cricket

Selected Publications

Abiding by Sri Lanka: On Peace, Place and Postcoloniality. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, Public Worlds Series, 2005.

Unmaking the Nation: The Politics of Identity and History in Modern Sri Lanka. Ed. Qadri Ismail and Pradeep Jeganathan. Colombo: SSA, 1995. Reprinted Colombo: SSA, 1997.

"(Not) at Home in (Hindu) India: Shahid Amin, Dipesh Chakrabarty and the Critique of History.” Cultural Critique 68 (Winter 2008).

"Towards a Critique of Anthropology." Cross Cultural Poetics 14 (2004).

"Something Like a Response to 9/11." Inter-Asia Cultural Studies 3.1

"Speaking to Sri Lanka." Interventions 3.2

"Discipline and Colony: The English Patient and the Crow's Nest of Post-Coloniality." Postcolonial Studies 3.2 (December 1999).

"Batting Against the Break: On Cricket, Nationalism and the Swashbuckling Sri Lankans." Social Text 50 (1997). Reprinted in Competing Allegories: The Global and Local Cultures of Sport. Ed. Randy Martin and Toby Miller. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1999.

"Foreign Policy [African-American Responses to]." Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History. Ed. Jack Salzman, et al. New York: Macmillan, 1996.

Graduate Courses

Ways of Knowing
Culture and Colonialism
Literature, History, Postcoloniality
Developing (in) the Wake of Eurocentrism
Reading a "Culturally Different Text": Michael Ondaatje's The English Patient
Marxism and Nationalism

Undergraduate Courses

Modern India
Narratives of Women in Islam
Muslim Women Writers
Postcolonial Literature
Techniques of Literary Study
Minority Literature