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Amritjit Singh


Langston Hughes Professor of English and African American Studies

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B.A. (magna cum laude) Panjab University 1963

M.A. (summa cum laude) in English Kurukshetra University 1965

A.M. in English and American Literature New York University 1970

Ph.D. in English (Founders Day Award) New York University 1973

Scholarly Focus

Amrit Singh’s research and teaching interests include African American Studies, Modernism (esp. the Harlem Renaissance), 20th Century American and Postcolonial Fiction, Richard Wright, South Asian cultures and literatures, and Migration Studies. Currently he is working on a documentary history of South Asians in North America. He is committed to exploring inter-ethnic paradigms, especially in relation to the parallels between the patterns of internal migrations within the Americas and immigration to the U.S and Canada from Europe and Asia. He is a series editor of MELA (Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the Americas) from Rutgers University Press.


Recent Books


Co-editor (with Bruce G. Johnson), Interviews with Edward W. Said. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2004 (Public Intellectuals Series)

Co-editor (with Daniel M. Scott III), The Collected Writings of Wallace Thurman: A Harlem Renaissance Reader. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2003

Co-editor (with Peter Schmidt), Postcolonial Theory and the United States: Race, Ethnicity and Literature. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2000.

Co-editor (with Maryemma Graham), Conversations with Ralph Ellison. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1995.

(Author, Afterword) The Color Curtain: A Report on the Bandung Conference. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1995.

(Author, Afterword) Conversations with Ishmael Reed. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1995.



“A Moment of Creation,” “My Wool,” “Let Us Walk in Unexplored Woods,” three poems by (December 2005), 95-96.

“Rampur,” “The Circle of Illusion,” “Let This Home Begin to Think Home,” “Peace Song,” four poems by Gurcharan Rampuri, translated with Judy Ray, Chelsea, #87(2005), 142-46.

“The Embrace,” “The Moon Lifts the Night,” two poems by Gurcharan Rampuri, translated with Georgia Scott, Poetry Salzburg Review, #7 (Winter 2004-05), 154-55.

“Burn Down the Old Tree,” “Word and Horns,” two poems by Gurcharan Rampuri, translated with Judy Ray, New Letters, 67, 4 (Summer 2001), 48-49.

Recent Essays


“Richard Wright: Beyond the Harlem Renaissance?” in Harlem Speaks: A Living History of the Cultural Expression. Ed. Cary D. Wintz. New York: Sourcebooks, Inc., 2006

“Wallace Thurman and The Interne,” in African American Literature Beyond


Courses Taught

  • 20th Century American Literature
  • African American Studies
  • Postcolonial Literature and Theory
  • South Asian Literature



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