Maryam Wasif Khan is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies. She received her doctoral degree in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Los Angeles under the supervision of Professor Aamir Mufti. She also holds an A.B. in Comparative Literature (summa cum laude) from Princeton University. Her work on British orientalism, Muslim reform and nineteenth-century prose fiction in Urdu has appeared in Modern Fiction Studies (MFS), Modern Language Quarterly: A Journal of Literary History (MLQ) and PMLA. Her forthcoming book, Who is a Muslim? Orientalism and Vernacular Populisms, (Fordham University Press: 2020) argues against conventional methods of writing literary history for colonial vernaculars such as Urdu or Hindi. Suggesting that Urdu prose fiction from the moment of its inception at Fort William College is coded with certain Orientalist ideals of Muslim identity, the project demonstrates how this identity, in the contemporary moment, manifests as a powerful religio-populist literary impulse. A second project is envisioned as a series of essays and contemplations on the possibilities contained in the act of reading foundational European texts outside of the Academy.
Khan, M. (2017). "The Oriental tale and the transformation of North-Indian Prose Fiction". MLQ: A Journal of Literary History, 78 (1), 27-50, doi:10.1215/00267929-3699769.
Khan, M. (2017). "Hybridity in the Vernacular: Muslim Reform and Resistance". PMLA, 132 (1), 171-178, doi:10.1632/pmla.2017.132.1.171.
Khan, M. (2016). "Enlightenment Orientalism to Modernist Orientalism: The Archives of Forster's Passage to India". Modern Fiction Studies, 62 (2), 217-235, doi:10.1353/mfs.2016.0027.
Khan, M. (2018). "Umrao Jan Ada: Urdu's Dissident Novel", InPress. The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to World Literature.
Khan, M. (2016). "The Accidental Anglophone Novel: Major Narrative Forms in Contemporary Pakistan" at "The Novel in or against World Literature". Society for Novel Studies Bi-Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, United States of America.
Khan, M. (2015). "The Oriental tale in the Orient: Imperial Pedagogy and the Transformation of Narrative". International Congress for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Khan, M. (2015). "Original Letters from India: Eliza Fay and the English Picaresque". International Congress for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Khan, M. (2013). "Orientalism's Tale: Nation and Empire in eighteenth-century England". Modern Language Association, Annual Convention, Boston, United States of America.
Khan, M. (2012). "The Possibilities of Secular criticism in contemporary Pakistani film and pop music". American Institute of Pakistan Studies, "Is there a Pakistani Public", Lahore, Pakistan.
Khan, M. (2010). "British Orientalism, the dāstān and the inscription of identity on modern Urdu". South Asian Literary Association, Los Angeles, United States of America.
Khan, M. (2009). "Naavel, not Novel: Urdu's Crisis of Genre". American Comparative Literature Association, Cambridge, United States of America.