Leela Gandhi

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Leela Gandhi (* 1966 in Mumbai ) has been Professor of English and Humanities at Brown University since 2014 .

life and work

Leela Gandhi was born in Mumbai in 1966 and is the daughter of Indu and Ramchandra Gandhi . She studied at Hindu College of Delhi University and at Balliol College of Oxford University , where she earned her doctorate 1,991th

She is known for her works on post-colonial theory and previously taught at the University of Chicago , La Trobe University and the University of Delhi . She is also the founder and co-editor of the academic journal Postcolonial Studies as well as the editorial board of the electronic journal Postcolonial Text . Gandhi is a Senior Fellow of the School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University .

Through her own research, she tried to show how Mahatma Gandhi's philosophy (e.g. non-violence and vegetarianism ) and his politics were influenced by transnational and indigenous sources.


She is both a great-granddaughter of C. Rajagopalachari , as her grandmother Lakshmi was the daughter of Chakravarthi Rajagopalachari, and a great-granddaughter of the Indian lawyer and resistance fighter Mahatma Gandhi . Her grandfather Devdas was the youngest son of Mahatma Gandhi.


Single publications

  • Postcolonial Theory: A Critical Introduction . Columbia University Press (1998). ISBN 0-231-11273-4 .
  • Measures of home: Poems . Distributed by Orient Longman (2000). ISBN 81-7530-023-X .
  • Affective Communities: Anticolonial Thought, Fin-de-Siècle Radicalism, and the Politics of Friendship (Politics, History, and Culture) . Duke University Press (January 2006). ISBN 0-8223-3715-0 .
  • The Common Cause: Postcolonial Ethics and the Practice of Democracy, 1900-1955 . University of Chicago Press (2014). ISBN 9780226019901 .


In her first publication Postcolonial Theory: A Critical Introduction from 1998, Gandhi linked the theoretical approaches of postcolonialism , poststructuralism , postmodernism , Marxism and feminism .

In her second book, Affective Communities , she analyzed marginalized people and groups who lived a certain lifestyle or belonged to a specific subculture. For example , she names homosexuality , vegetarianism, animal rights , spiritualism, and aesthetics . The criticism of imperialism and the solidarity with the subjects and cultures affected by colonialism would unite these heterogeneous groups.

Gandhi followed these activists' social networks in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, connecting Edward Carpenter with MK Gandhi and Mirra Alfassa with Sri Aurobindo . It was through this work that she gained notoriety as she proposed a conceptual model of post-colonial engagement that incorporated ethical premises of hospitality and xenophilia . She also introduced a queer perspective into post-colonial theory for the first time .

In her third book, The Common Cause , she analyzed the transnational history of democracy in the first half of the 20th century in terms of the ethics of "disciplined self-creation". The book has been described as "an alternate history of democracy foregrounding events of errant relation" and as "the most thoroughgoing defense of the value of infinite inclusivity to postcolonial studies".

Collective publications

  • Gandhi, Leela and Deborah L. Nelson eds., Around 1948: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Global Transformation , Critical Inquiry , Summer 2014, Volume 40 Issue 4.URL: https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/673748
  • Blake, Ann; Leela Gandhi; and Sue Thomas. England Through Colonial Eyes in Twentieth-Century Fiction . Palgrave Macmillan (August 18, 2001). ISBN 0-333-73744-X .
  • Ezekiel, Nissim, Leela Gandhi, and John Thieme. Collected Poems (Oxford India Paperbacks) . Oxford University Press, USA; 2nd edition (December 13, 2005). ISBN 0-19-567249-6 .


Her first collection of poems, Measures of Home , was published by Ravi Dayal in 2000. Other works of her poetry are contained in several anthologies:

  • De Souza, Eunice; Silgardo, Melanie, eds., The Penguin Book of Indian Poetry . (2013) ISBN 9780143414537
  • Thayil, Jeet, ed., 60 Indian Poets . (2008) ISBN 9780143064428
  • Sen, Sudeep, ed., The HarperCollins Book of English Poetry . (2012) ISBN 978-93-5029-041-5
  • Watson, Mabel; Pitt, Ursula, eds., Domestic Cherry . (2011)

Individual evidence

  1. Gandhi, Leela. Retrieved December 9, 2018 .
  2. I ndia P ost. com - President, PM condole death of Ramachandra Gandhi. December 20, 2007, accessed December 8, 2018 .
  3. Leela Gandhi | Department of English Language and Literature. June 9, 2010, accessed December 8, 2018 .
  4. Leela Gandhi | News from Brown. Retrieved December 8, 2018 .
  5. ^ Editorial team. Retrieved December 8, 2018 .
  6. Senior Fellows | The School of Criticism and Theory. Retrieved December 8, 2018 .
  7. Center Head, administration.hrc@anu.edu.au: Gandhi, Non-Violence and Modernity. Notes from the conference "Gandhi, Non-Violence and Modernity" at the Humanities Research Center's at the Australian National University, accessed December 8, 2018 .
  8. ^ Gandhi, Leela: Postcolonial Theory: A Critical Introduction . Ed .: Columbia University Press. 1998, ISBN 0-231-11273-4 .
  9. ^ Gandhi, Leela: Affective Communities: Anticolonial Thought and the Politics of Friendship . Ed .: Permanent Black. New Delhi 2006, ISBN 81-7824-164-1 .
  10. a b Gandhi, Leela: The Common Cause: Postcolonial Ethics and the Practice of Democracy, 1900-1955 . Ed .: University of Chicago Press. 2014, ISBN 978-0-226-01990-1 .
  11. Mehta, Rijuta; Langley, Tom; Bayeh, Jumana; Pressley-Sanon, Toni; Martin, Denise: Interventions. Retrieved December 8, 2018 .
  12. ^ The Common Cause . ( uchicago.edu [accessed December 8, 2018]).