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Betty Joseph
Associate Professor
Associate Professor of English
 
e-mail:beejay@rice.edu
 
  • B.A. (1985) Bombay University
  • M.A. (1987) Jawaharlal Nehru University
  • M.A. (1989) Syracuse University
  • Ph.D. (1996) University of Minnesota
 
Primary Department
   Department of English
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Department Affiliations
 
  • Asian Studies
  • Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality
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    Research Areas
     Postcolonial Studies and British Literature
     

    Research Statement

     

     My first book, Reading the East India Company, 1720-1840: Colonial Currencies of Gender (Chicago, 2004) is a study of imperial governmentality through that seemingly benign apparatus of historical knowledge: the archive. Suspecting that the “archive” like “text” was necessarily an anti-disciplinary object, in the book I tried to address the diverse scholarly audience that has emerged in the wake of the multi-disciplinary interest in postcolonial theory. She is currently completing a book manuscript on contemporary globalization, a portion of which has appeared as an essay titled, “Neoliberalism and Allegory,” in Cultural Critique, (Fall 2012). She has begun work on a new project that explores seventeenth and eighteenth-century debates about human language, and their role in shaping notions of the anthropos and political society.





     
    Teaching Areas
     18th Century Literature, Anglophone Novel, Literary Theory
     
    Selected Publications
     Refereed articles
     

    “Capitalism and its Others: Intersecting and Competing Forms in Eighteenth Century,” Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture, Vol. 45 

     
     

    Betty Joseph "The Political Economy of the Rogue." Eighteenth-Century: Theory and Interpretation, 55 (Summer/Fall 2014) : 175-92.

     
     

    Betty Joseph "Neoliberalism and Allegory." Cultural Critique, 82 (2012) : 68-94.

     
     

    Betty Joseph "The Political Economy of the Rogue." Eighteenth Century: Theory and InterpretationSubmitted

     
     

    Joseph, B. "Gendering Time in Globalization: The Belatedness of the Other Woman and Jamaica Kincaid?s Lucy." Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature, 21 (Spr 2002) : 18.

     
     Articles
     

    Betty Joseph "Dredging Orientalism." Eighteenth-Century Life, 38:2 (Spring 2014) : 120-26.

     
     Books
     

    Betty Joseph "Reading the East India Company, 1720-1840: Colonial Currencies of Gender."  (2004) : 220pgs.Submitted

     
     

    Joseph, B. "Reading the East India Company: Colonial Currencies of Gender and Textuality."  (2003) : 312.In Press

     
     

    Betty Joseph "The Imperial Patriarchive (tentative title)." : 300.

     
     Book chapters
     

     

     

     
     

    “The Ethnic Epic in the New Diaspora,” in Routing Diasporas, ed. Sukanya Banerjee, Aims McGuinness, and Steve McKay (Indiana University Press, forthcoming 2011).

     
     The Ethnic Epic in the New Diaspora in Routing Diasporas ed. Sukanya Banerjee, Aims McGuinness, and Steve McKay(Indiana University Press, forthcoming)
     
     The Nuclear Fetish: Violence, Affect and the Postcolonial State in Women and the Contested State, ed. Monique Skidmore, University of Notre Dame Press (forthcoming 2006)
     
     “Women’s Time, Historical Discourse and a Text of Indian Nationalism,” in Feminist Time Against Nation Time, ed. Lisa Diedrich (Lexington Books, Rowman and Littlefield, under contract)
     
     

    Betty Joseph "The Nuclear Fetish: Violence, Affect and the Postcolonial State." Women and the Contested State, ed. Monique Skidmore (2005) In Press

     
     

    Betty Joseph "Whose Collectivity? Gendered Homeworking and Multiculturalism in the New Diaspora." Global Babel: Interdisciplinarity, Transnationalism, and the Discourses of GlobalizationSubmitted

     
     

    Joseph, Betty "Proxies of Power: Woman in the Colonial Archive." The Global Eighteenth Century (2003) : 123-137.

     
     

    Joseph, Betty "Subaltern Studies and Female Militancy: The Case of Preetilata Wadedar." Sharpened Edge: Women of Color, Resistance and Writing, (2003)

     
     

    Joseph, B. "Confinements and Liberations: Inscribing ?Woman? in Colonial Geographies of Power." 19th-Century Geographies:Anglo-American Tactics of Space (2002) : 12.

     
     

    Joseph, B. "Proxies of Power: Woman in the Colonial Archive," in The Global Eighteenth Century." The Global Eighteenth Century (2003) In Press

     
     Book reviews
     

    Betty Joseph "Review of Enlightenment Orientalism: Resisting the Rise of the Novel." College Literature , 41:4 (Fall 2014)

     
     

    Betty Joseph "Dredging Orientalism." Eighteenth-Century LifeSubmitted

     
     Comparative Literature Studies (42) 2005
     
     

    Betty Joseph "Review of Sexual Antipodes: Enlightenment Globalization and the Placing of Sex by Pamela Cheek,." Comparative Literature Studies (2005) In Press

     
     Other
     

    Betty Joseph ""Confinements and Liberations: Inscribing ?Woman? in Colonial Geographies of Power,"." 19th-Century Geographies: Anglo-American Tactics of Space (In Press) : 25.

     
     

    Betty Joseph ""Gendering Time in Globalization: The Belatedness of the Other Woman"." Tulsa Studies in Women?s Literature, 21 (Spring 2002) : 26.

     
     

    Betty Joseph ""Proxies of Power: Woman in the Colonial Archive,"." The Global Eighteenth Century (In Press) : 25.

     
     

    Betty Joseph "Confinements and Liberations: Inscribing 'Woman' in Colonial Geographies of Power." 19th-Century Geographies: Anglo-American Tactics of Space (Forthcoming 2001)

     
     

    Betty Joseph "Re(playing) Crusoe/Pocahontas: Circum-Atlantic Stagings in the Female American." Criticism, Vol 42, #3 (Summer 2000) : 317-335.

     
     

    Betty Joseph "Colonial Confinements and Liberations: Womanspace as Cultural Secret." 19th Century Geographies: Anglo-American Tactics of Space (Book) (2001) : 20.

     
     

    Betty Joseph "Playing Crusoe: A Woman's Text as Colonialist Adventure." Criticism (Submitted) : 25.

     
     

    Joseph, Betty (Ed. Julian Wolfreys) "Gramsci." Encyclopedia of Literary Criticism and Theory (In submission)

     
    Presentations
     Conference Paper
     

    “Cultures of Mercantilism: Agency, Change and Crisis in Histories of Domination,” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Williamsburg, March 2014

     
     

    “Global Outsourcings: Labor, Deviancy and Punishment in the Eighteenth Century,” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Williamsburg, March 2014.

     
     Invited Papers
     

    “Piratical Discourse and the Interspaces of Empire,” Oceans and Empires Roundtable, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Los Angeles, April 2015

     
     

    Literature and War, 1754-1815, Late 18th-Century Division Round-table, MLA Chicago, January 2014.

     
     

    The Crisis of Language and the Anthropological Turn in the Enlightenment, Invited Paper, Panel on the Enlightenment in a Global Frame, American Comparative Literature Association, Vancouver, March 31-April 2, 2011.

     
     

    “Teaching and Researching in the Digital Age,” Roundtable Presentation,
     18th Annual 18th- and 19th-Century British Women Writers Conference, Texas A&M University, April 8-11, 2010.

     
     

    Presenter.  "Cultural Forms and World Systems: The Ethnic Epic in the New Diaspora." Center for 21st Century Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. (April 2005.)

     
     

    "Bookkeeping and the Informatics of Empire,?." MLA, Philadelphia. (December 2004)

     
     

    "Mercantile Accumulation and the East India Factory." MLA, Philadelphia. (December 2004)

     
     

    "Whose Collectivity? Gendered Homeworking in the Literature of the New Diasporas?." IAFFE (International Association for Feminist Economics), University of Oxford, U.K.. (August 2004)

     
     

    Introduce and Discuss Paper with Participants..  "Chronotopes of Rule: The Archive and the Informatics of Empire." Department of English, Texas A & M University, College Station, TX. (March 2003)

     
     

    Speaker.  "National Violence and the Gendered Subject." Women and the Contested State: Religion, Violence and Agency in South Asia Conference, Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame. (April 2003)

     
     

    "Globalization and Flexible Accumulation: The Time and Space of Gendered Work." Global Feminisms Conference, State University of New York-Stony Brook. (March 2002)

     
     Invited Talks
     

    “At Home in the British-Indian Empire, ” Salon at Sunset Lecture Series, Museum of Fine Arts, Rienzi, Houston

     
     

    “Intersections,” Professor’s Perspectives Lecture Series on exhibit by Anila Agha, Rice Art Galley

     
     

    “Linguistic Turns in the Enlightenment,” The Future World of Eighteenth-Century Studies: A Conference in Honor of Felicity Nussbaum, UCLA

     
     

    Department of English, Vanderbilt University.

     
     

    Mellon Symposium on New Approaches to Pedagogy in Literature, UCLA.

     
     

    “Allegories of Neoliberalism”, Panel on Changing Regimes: Transnational Capital and Labor, Asian Studies Southern Consortium Meeting, Chao Center for Asian Studies, Rice University, January 21- 22, 2011.

     
     

    Power/Memory and The Archive,Conference on Ephemera and the Archive, Chao Center for Asian Studies, Rice University, December 2-4, 2011

     
     

    Introduced book and led discussion.  "Khaledd Husseini's Kite Runner." Books on the Bayou--Book Club, Rice University , Houston. (October 2005)

     
     

    "Fathering the Bomb: Autobiography of a Weapons Scientist in Nuclear India,." Department of English, University of Houston. (December, 2004)

     
     

    "The Gender Politics of Globalization." The Social Justice Alliance Lecture Series, State University of New York-Stony Brook. (April 2002)

     
     Keynote Speaker
     

    “Pluralizing Eighteenth-Century British India: Agency, Change and
    Crisis in Histories of Domination,” Keynote, Britain and India Conference,  University of Colorado, Boulder, January 21-23, 2010.

     
     Lectures
     

    Speaker.  "New World (Dis)orders: African and Third World Writers in the Age of Globalization." Alumni College, Rice University. (March 2003)

     
     Other
     

    "Gendering Time in Globalization." Globalicities--A Conference on Issues related to Globalization, Michigan State University, East Lansing. (October 2001)

     
     

    "Globalization and the Anglophone Novel." International Conference on Narrative, Rice University. Houston. (March 2001.)

     
     

    "Interiority and Sensibility: Question of Power/Knowledge in the Enlightenment Discourse of Rights." Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies Annual Conference, Philadelphia. (November 2001)

     
     

    "The Creole as Vanishing Mediator: Race and Revolution in the Discourse of Empire." Annual Meeting of the Modern Language Association, New Orleans. (December 2001)

     
     

    "The World Out of Joint: Teaching the Global Text." Annual Meeting of the Modern Language Association, New Orleans. (December, 2001)

     
     

    "Anglophone Literature." Lady Catley Lecture Series, High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Houston. (March 2000)

     
     

    "International Feminism: Timekeeping for the Nation?." Modern Language Association?s Annual Meeting, Washington D.C.. (December 2000.)

     
     

    "Portrait or Proxy? Gendered Deployments in the Colonial Archive." Clark Library Workshop Series, UCLA, Los Angeles. (March 2000)

     
     

    "Reading the Other?s Past, Reading the Past as Other." Annual Meeting of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, Pennsylvania State University. (October, 2000)

     
     

    "?The Colonial Archive and the Novel: Excavation or Figuration??." Department of English Research Series, Sydney University, Australia. (August, 1999.)

     
     

    "Loving Globally in the Age of National Bombs." Annual South Asia Conference, Madison, Wisconsin,. (October 1999.)

     
     Panelist
     

    Exotic Epistemologies, divisional panel on Comparative Approaches to Eighteenth-Century Literature, Annual Conference, Modern Language Association

     
     

    Panel on “Colonization as Self-Alienation,“ “Borders Revisited,”  Fourth Annual CSWGS Graduate Symposium, Rice University, March 11, 2011.

     
     

    Presenter.  "The Ethnic Epic in the New Diaspora." MLA, Washington D.C.. (December 2005)

     
     

    Presenter.  "The Queens of Malabar and the East India Pepper Trade." ASECS --American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, Las Vegas. (April 2005)

     
     

    "Correspondences: The Colonial Archive and the Novel." International Society for 18th Century Studies, University of California Los Angeles. (August 2003)

     
     

    "Memories of Violence in an Age of Sensibility." International Society for 18th Century Studies, University of California Los Angeles. (August 2003)

     
     

    "Plural Temporalities: Toward a Genealogy of Cosmopolitanism." MLA, San Diego, California. (December 2003)

     
     

    "Societal Violence and Women." Films with Vision: A South Asia Film Festival, Rice University. (September 2003)

     
     

    Presentation and Panel Discussion.  ""Cultural Imperialism in the ?New World Order,?." Lyceum Series Panel on America?s Global Role in the New World Order,, Montgomery College, Houston, TX.. (October 2002.)

     
     Seminar Speaker
     

    Respondent for Wendy Brown’s paper, “Desire for Walls,” Seminar on the Politics of Vulnerability, Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality, April 24, 2010.

     
     Workshops
     

    Led 2 workshops for training IB literature teachers.  "South Asian Literature." International Baccalaureate Education Workshop--Rice University Continuing Studies, Rice University. (March 2005)

     
     

    Speaker/ Discussant.  "International TAs in the U.S. Classroom. Teaching Workshop." Office of the Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Studies, Rice University, Rice University. (March 2003)

     
    Editorial Positions
     Reader, Gender and History. Oxford, New York: Basil Blackwell. (2001 - 2001)

     Reader, Book proposal. Broadview Press. (2001 - 2001)

    Supervised Theses & Dissertations
     Peter Stranges, Ph. D. Odalisques and Femmes au Bain. (2002) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Jacob Speaks, Ph.D From Modernism to Postmodernism and Beyond. (2002) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Ayse Celikkol, Ph.D Free Trading and the British Literary Imagination, 1815-1865. (2003) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Jaya Hariprasad, Ph.D Marriage and Nation:Victorian Literature, the Anglo-Indian Tradition and the 19th Century Indian Novel. (2003) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Jacob Speaks, Ph.D From Modernism to Postcolonialism and Beyond: Citationality in T.S. Eliot, James Joyce, J.M Coetzee and Assia Djebar.. (2003) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Ayse Celikkol, Ph.D Free Trading and the British Literary Imagination, 1815-1865. (2004) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Jaya Hariprasad, Ph.D Marriage and Nation:Victorian Literature, the Anglo-Indian Tradition and the 19th Century Indian Novel. (2004) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Jacob Speaks, Ph.D From Modernism to Postcolonialism and Beyond: Citationality in T.S. Eliot, James Joyce, J.M Coetzee and Assia Djebar.. (2004) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Shubha Joshi, Ph.D The Closet in the Colony: Indian Nationalism and Im/possible Desires".. (2004) (Thesis Director)

     Jaya Hariprasad, Ph.D Marriage and Nation: Victorian Literature, the Anglo-Indian Tradition, and the 19th-century Indian Novel. (2005) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Peter Stranges, Ph.D Rebellion and Nihilism in the Works of Leïla Sebbar and V.S. Naipaul. (2005) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Ayse Cellikol, Ph.D Free Trading and the British Literary Imagination, 1815-1865. (2005) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Shubha Joshi, Ph.D The Closet in the Colony: Indian Nationalism and Im/possible Desires. (2005) (Thesis Director)

     Lulu Alberto, Ph.D Chicana Popular Culture. (2005) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Michael Griffiths, Ph.D Decolonizing Biopolitics: Artifactuality and the Fourth World in the Settler Colony. (2012) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Jennifer Rickel, Ph.D Narrative States: Human Rights in Contemporary Literature . (2012) (Thesis Director)

     Samhita Sunya, Ph.D Song-Dance-Romance and Religious-Mystical Allegories in Hindi Popular Cinema . (2013) (Thesis Co-Director)

     Alison Madar, Ph.D Eighteenth-Century Indentured Servitude in the Chesapeake Colonies, 1700-1783 . (2013) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Jon Nelson , Ph. D Outward and Visible Signs: Pastoral Power in Anglican Literature of the Eighteenth Century.. (2014) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Anna Dodson Saikin, Ph.D Silence, Sentimentalism and the British Romantic Novel, 1789-1824. (2014) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Samhita Sunya, Ph.D Love in the Time of Cinema: The Global Tracks of Hindi Film/Song. (2014) (Thesis Co-Director)

     Anna Saikin, Ph.D Silence, Sentimentalism and the British Romantic Novel, 1789-1824. (2015) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Jennifer Hargrave, Ph.D. Romantic Reinvention of Imperial China, 17591857 . (2016) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Alexander Adkins, Ph.D Postcolonial Cynicism in Melancholic Times . (2016) (Thesis Director)

     Jon Nelson, Ph.D Outward and Visible Signs: Pastoral Power in Anglican Literature of the Eighteenth Century . (2016) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Anna Saikin, Ph.D Silence, Sentimentalism and the British Romantic Novel, 1789-1824. (2016) (Thesis Committee Member)

     William Skidmore, Ph.D Abolitionism and Emancipation in the Nineteenth Century . (2017) (Thesis Committee Member)

    Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
     Senior Faculty Fellow In Women's Studies, SUNY-Stony Brook (Spring '02)

     Senior Faculty Fellow, State University of New York--Stony Brook (Spring 2002)