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Goyal, Yogita
Associate Professor
Humanities 228
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Ph.D., Brown University, 2003




African American Literature, Anglophone African Literature, Black Atlantic/ Black Diaspora Studies, Novel, Postcolonial Literature and Theory, Transnational American Literature, and Slavery Studies.

Selected Publications

Romance, Diaspora, and Black Atlantic Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2010) Cambridge AMAZON Paperback

Guest Editor, Special Issue: Africa and the Black Atlantic, Research in African Literatures. Volume 45, Number 3. Fall 2014. LINK

Editor, Cambridge Companion to Transnational American Literature. Under Contract with Cambridge University Press, 2016.

“African Atrocity, American Humanity: Slavery and Its Transnational Afterlives.” Research in African Literatures. 45.3 Fall 2014: 48-71. LINK

“Africa and the Black Atlantic.” Research in African Literatures. 45.3 Fall 2014: v-xxv. LINK

“Romance and Realism.” Oxford History of the Novel in English. Volume 11: The Novel in Africa and the Atlantic World, ed. Simon Gikandi. (Forthcoming)

“A Deep Humanness, A Deep Grace.” Interview with Chris Abani, Research in African Literatures 45.3 Fall 2014: 227-240. LINK

“Black Nationalist Hokum: George Schuyler’s Transnational Critique.” African American Review. 47.1 Spring 2014: 21-36. LINK


“The Pull of the Ancestors: Slavery, Apartheid, and Memory in Zakes Mda’s Ways of Dying and Cion.” Research in African Literatures. 42.2 Summer 2011: 147-169. LINK


“Towards an African Atlantic: Ama Ata Aidoo’s Diasporic Theater.” Atlantic Studies. 7.3 September 2010: 241-261. LINK


“The Gender of Diaspora in Toni Morrison’s Tar Baby.” Modern Fiction Studies. 52.2 Summer 2006: 393-414. LINK


“Theorizing Africa in Black Diaspora Studies: Caryl Phillips’s Crossing the River.” Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies. 12.1 Spring 2003: 5-38. LINK

Additional Information


Yogita Goyal is interested in modern and contemporary literature and the study of race and postcolonialism, with a particular emphasis on African American and African literature and theory.  After studying in Tokyo and Delhi, she received her Ph.D. from Brown University.  Her first book, Romance, Diaspora, and Black Atlantic Literature (Cambridge UP, 2010), shifts the center of black diaspora studies by considering Africa as constitutive of black modernity, rather than its forgotten past.  Showing that it is through the figure of romance that the possibility of diaspora is imagined across time and space, the book traces an ideology of form that constitutes black nationalism and transnationalism.  Her current book project, “Slavery and the Transnational Reinvention of Form,” continues her exploration of the indissoluble link between race and modernity, mediated through narrative form.  Focusing on the afterlives of slavery, colonialism, and apartheid in black diaspora literature and culture, the book tracks the protean reinventions of slave form in numerous genres – autobiography, science fiction, postmodern satire, human trafficking memoir, and experimental theatre. Her work has been supported by a University of California President’s Research Fellowship in the Humanities (2007-2008) and an NEH Fellowship as a Scholar-in-Residence at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library (2003-2004).  She currently serves as Associate Editor of the journal, Contemporary Literature and is guest-editor of a forthcoming special issue of Research in African Literatures on “Africa and the Black Atlantic.”  Professor Goyal serves as the Director of the Honors Program and coordinator of the Postcolonial Literature and Theory Colloquium for 2013-2014.