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Parama Roy

Parama Roy  

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Phone: (530) 752-1696

Parama Roy is a Professor of English at University of California, Davis. Roy's interest and research have been in post-colonial theory and literature, Victorian studies, feminist studies, cultural studies, appetite, consumption, and taste/food studies. She received her M.A. from University of Rochester in 1983 and her Ph.D in 1988. See her publications and honors below:


  • States of Trauma, co-edited with Manali Desai and Piya Chatterjee (New Delhi: Zubaan, forthcoming 2008)
  • “Transits, Transformations, and Transoceanic Dialogues: Gandhi’s Passages from India,” Pacific Coast Philology (forthcoming 2007)
  • Foreword,  Colonial Fiction, 1650-1914, Parts 1-3: General Works and Fiction from India from the British Library, London (Adam Matthew Publications, UK), Link (June 2007)
  • “Sujata (1959),” 24 Frames: The Cinema of India, ed. Lalitha Gopalan (London: Wallflower Press, forthcoming 2007)
  • “Vegetarianism,” Keywords in South Asian Studies, ed. Rachel M. Dwyer (School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London online publication, Link (March 2006)
  • “Women, Hunger, and Famine: Bengal, 1350/1943,” Indian Women in the Colonial and Modern Periods, ed. Bharati Ray (New Delhi: Sage Publishers, 2005)
  • “Reading Communities and Culinary Communities: The Gastropoetics of the South Asian Diaspora,” positions: east asia cultures critique 10.2 (Fall 2002)
  • “Meat-Eating, Masculinity, and Renunciation: A Gandhian Grammar of Diet,” Gender & History 14. 1 (April 2002)
  • “At Home in the World? The Gendered Cartographies of the South Asian Diaspora,” Feminist Studies 27.3 (Fall 2001)
  • Indian Traffic: Identities in Question in Colonial and Postcolonial India (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1998; New Delhi: Vistaar, 1998)


  • Resident fellow, Rockefeller Bellagio Study and Conference Center,
  • Bellagio, Italy, August 9-September 6, 2007
  • Resident fellow, “Eating Cultures: Race and Food,” UCHRI, Fall 2006
  • UC President’s Research Fellow in the Humanities, 2001-2002
  • Fellow, Centre for Ideas and Society, UC, Riverside, Winter 1994,
  • Winter 2000, and Winter 2004 (declined)


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