Postcolonial studies, comparative theatre theory, modern Indian theatre, contemporary world theatre, Anglophone literature, diaspora studies.


Ph.D., Department of English, Pennsylvania State University, 1990.
M.A., Department of English, Delhi University, 1977.
B.A., with Honors in English, University of Rajasthan, 1975.


Select Publications

 Mohan Rakesh, One Day in the Season of Rain.
A translation of the classic modernist play Ashadh ka ek din (1958), with an Introduction, Afterword, Notes, and other editorial material by Aparna Dharwadker and Vinay Dharwadker. Penguin Modern Classics, 2015. xiv+272 pp.

Theatres of Independence: Drama, Theory, and Urban Performance in India Since 1947. Studies in Theatre History and Culture, ed. Thomas Postlewait. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2005. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2006. 504 p.
Winner, Joe A. Callaway Prize for the Best Book in Drama and Theatre published in 2004 and 2005 (announced October 2006). Finalist, George Freedley Memorial Award, Theatre Library Association (May 2006).

The Collected Plays of Girish Karnad. 2 vols. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2005.

Essays and articles in PMLA (1995), Modern Drama (1995), New Theatre Quarterly (1995), English Postcoloniality (1996), Studies in English Literature (1997), Theatre Journal (1998, 2011, 2013), Studies in Philology (1998), The Eighteenth Century: Theory and interpretation (1998), Theatre Research International (2001, 2003), South Central Review (2008), The Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism (2014), and The Routledge Handbook of Asian Theatre (2016), among others.
Essay prizes from Modern Drama (1995) and Theatre Journal  (2014).
Select Research Fellowships:  NEH (1998); American Institute of Indian Studies (1998 and 2007-08); International Research Centre “Interweaving Performance Cultures” (Freie Universitat, Berlin; 2011 and 2015-16); H. I. Romnes Faculty Fellowship in the Humanities, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2007-12). 

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