Anjuli Fatima Raza Kolb
Anjuli Fatima Raza Kolb is Associate Professor of English at the University of Toronto, where she teaches postcolonial literature and theory and poetry. Her academic research explores how science, medicine, natural history, and other kinds of colonial knowing reshaped literature, culture, economy, and politics. Her first book, Epidemic Empire (University of Chicago Press, 2021) uncovers the history behind the dead metaphor of the ‘terrorism epidemic,’ by looking at documents of public health, policy, immigration law, novels, poems, films, and more. Her poems, translations, and essays have appeared in various venues and are in conversation with the traditions of Urdu poetry, contemporary queer poetics, and lyric memoir.
Books by Anjuli Fatima Raza Kolb
Interviews with Anjuli Fatima Raza Kolb
Notebook of a Return to the Native Land
by Aimé Césaire
A Dying Colonialism
by Frantz Fanon
I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem
by Maryse Condé
Maps: A Novel
by Nuruddin Farah
Can the Subaltern Speak?: Reflections on the History of an Idea
ed. Rosalind Morris, original essay by Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
Postcolonial literature brings together writings from formerly colonised territories, allowing commonalities across disparate cultures to be identified and examined. Here, the University of Toronto academic Anjuli Fatima Raza Kolb recommends five key works that explore philosophical and political questions through allegory, personal reflection and powerful polemic.