Kalyan Nadiminti writes about 20th- and 21st-century Asian-American and global Anglophone literatures, law and immigration studies, and affect theory. He is currently working on a book, Difficult Work: Race, Transnationalism, and Labor in Contemporary Transnational American Fiction, that examines the politics of anti-work refusal and affective discontent in literature to theorize new ways of responding to regimes of racialization. His essays and reviews are forthcoming or have appeared in NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction, Journal of Asian American Studies, South Asian Review, Textual Practice, and Twentieth-Century Literature. He is an assistant professor of English at Gettysburg College and a 2018–19 Mellon Faculty Fellow.
Melancholic Mythologies: “Half Gods” and the “Mahabharata”
In “Half Gods,” Akil Kumarasamy renders slow-moving pictures of Sri Lankan grief that unspool over the course of the collection....