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Aparna  Dharwadker

Aparna Dharwadker

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Expert on modern Indian literature and theater, post-colonial literature and theater, contemporary world theater, global Indian diaspora, comparative theater theory

Professor, English; Professor, Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies College of Letters and Science Work: 608-263-3790 — Home and cell phones available upon request Home page


  • Modern Indian literature, theater and culture
  • Postcolonial literature and theater from Africa, the Caribbean, and India
  • Anglophone literature and film produced by writers/artists from South Asia who live in Britain and North America
  • Contemporary world theater in English and English translation
  • Western and non-Western theories of theatre


  • Joe A. Callaway Prize for best book in drama or theater, 2006 and 2020
  • Author, "Theaters of independence: Drama, Theory and Urban Performance in India Since 1947," 2005
  • H. I. Romnes Faculty Fellowship in the Humanities, Graduate school and Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
  • Member, Fulbright National Screening Committee for India
  • Fellowships from National Endowment for the Humanities and American Institute for Indian Studies, 1998, 2007, 2021