PD Dr. Pavan Malreddy

Pavan Malreddy specializes in 20th and 21st century comparative Anglophone literatures & cultures with a regional focus on East Asia, Africa, and South Asia and with a thematic focus on conflicts, communal bonds, insurgencies, populism, public life and migrancy. He has authored essays on figures and themes as wide-ranging as Aung San Suu Kyi, Salman Rushdie, Franz Kafka, George Orwell, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, Indian cinema, Brexit, terrorism, and the civil war in Burma, among others.

He has interviewed/ hosted prominent novelists and theorists such as Abdulrazak Gurnah, Arundhati Roy, Yann Martel, Homi K. Bhabha, Mohsin Hamid, Tom McCarthy, Amit Chaudhuri, and Tabish Khair. He co-edits Kairos and serves on the advisory board of Philosophy, Politics and Critique and The Journal of Aterity Studies and World Literature. He is affiliated with the research group Democratic Vistas.

On Research Leave for the WS 23/24

Keynotes & Invited Public Lectures


Project Leader, 2016-20: DFG Individual Research Grant/ Eigene Stelle, Towards Post-terrorism?

Principal Investigator, 2020-: DFG Graduate School/GRK 2279 Configurations of Film

Principal Investigator, 2020-: Hessain Ministry of Science & Arts, Research Cluster Intiative, ConTrust: Trust in Conflict. Political Coexistence under Conditions of Uncertainty

 Publications (Selection)

  Books and Editions

2022  Global Literature and Violence. Special Issue of Postcolonial Text 17 (2 &3, double issue)


2022 (co-edited with Andrew Ridgeway and Anindya Purakayastha) Emergency Lietrature, Emergency Aesthetics. Special Issue of Kairos 7 (2), 


2021 (co-edited with Caroline Koegler and Marlena Tronicke). Writing Brexit: Colonial Remains (Routledge).


2020 (co-edited with Michael C. Frank) Narratives of the War on Terror: Global Perspectives (Routledge).

2020 (co-edited with Anindya S. Purakayastha and Birte Heidemann) Populism in the Postcolony: Texts, Contexts and Media. Special Issue of Kairos 5 (1).

2019 (co-edited with Anindya S. Purakayastha and Birte Heidemann) Violence in South Asia: Contemporary Perspectives  (Routledge).

2020 (co-edited with Caroline Koegler and Marlena Tronicke). Writing Brexit: Colonial Remains. Special Issue of Journal of Postcolonial Writing  56 (5).

2018 (co-edited with Michael C. Frank) Global Responses to the War on Terror.  Special Issue of European Journal of English Studies 22 (2).

2015 (co-edited with Birte Heidemann, Ole Birk Laursen and Janet Wilson): Reworking Postcolonialism: Globalization, Labour and Rights  (Palgrave Macmillan).


2015  Orientalism, Terrorism and Indigenism: South Asian Readings in Postcolonialism (SAGE).   

2014 (co-edited with Dieter Riemenschneider): Arun Joshi: Avant-Garde, Existentialism and the West. Special Issue of Journal of English and American Studies /ZAA: A Quarterly Journal of Language, Literature and Culture 62 (1).


2012 (co-edited with Birte Heidemann): Orientalism and Terrorism: Theory, Text, and Images after 9/11. Special Issue of Journal of Postcolonial Writing 48 (3).


  Articles and Chapters (Recent, 2018-)

2023 ‘Salman Rushdie: Biography and Autobiography’. In: Florian Stadtler (ed.) Salman Rushdie in Context. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

2022 ‘Intimate Conflicts: Rebels, Heroes, and Disfigured Terrorists in Burmese Literature’. In: Michael C. Frank and Maria Flood (eds.) The Figure of the Terrorist in Literature and Visual Culture. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

2022 ‘Bound by Conflict: The State, The Street and Organized Distrust in India’s Communal Violence’. WestEnd: Neue Zeitschrift für Sozialforschung 2 (22) Special Issue, ‘Vergemeinschaftung durch Misstrauen?‘ (ed. Greta Wagner), 97-105. 

2022  ‘Militant Metaphors: Rebels, Rogues and Insurgents in Niger Delta's Conflict Literature’. Postcolonial Text, Special Issue ‘Global Literature and Violence’ 17 (2 & 3): 1-20.

2022  ‘Introduction: Global Literature and Violent Conflicts’. Postcolonial Text 17 (2 &3): 1-16

2022 'The CounterText Interview: Yann Martel'. CounterText. doi.org/10.3366/count.2022.0269o

2022 ‘Postsecular Longings? Religious Dissent, Faith, and Gurus in Indian Cinema'. Third Text 36 (2): https://doi.org/10.1080/09528822.2022.2049159

2021 'The Syntax of Everyday Injustice: A Conversation with Arundhati Roy'. Special issue 'Crisis and Recovery'. Wasafiri 107https://doi.org/10.1080/02690055.2021.1918425

2021 'An Insectual Perspective: Text, Theory, and Politics in Tom McCarthy’s Fiction – A Conversation'. Textual Practise. https://doi.org/10.1080/0950236X.2020.1847903

2021 ‘In a State of Indifference: A Conversation with Amit Chaudhuri’. In: Chandani Lokuge and Chris Ringrose (eds.) Creative Lives. Stuttgart:  Ibidem/ Columbia University Press, 56-73.

2020 (with Anindya S. Purakayastha and Birte Heidemann) ‘Discoursing Populism: Types, Typologies and Contexts’. Special Issue of Kairos: A Journal of Critical Symposium 5 (2): 1-8S.

2020 ‘The Late Style of Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o'. In: Ruth Achenbach et al. (eds.) Afrasian Transformations: Transregional Perspectives on Development Cooperation, Social Mobility and Cultural Change. Leiden: Brill, https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004425262_017

2020 (with Caroline Koegler and Marlene Tronicke) ‘The Colonial Remains of Brexit: Empire Nostalgia and Narcissistic Nationalism’. Special Issue of Journal of Postcolonial Writing 56 (5): https://doi.org/10.1080/17449855.2020.1818440

2020 ‘The Idea of India: Pedagogical Perspectives’. In: Daniel Schönbauer (ed.) Postcolonial Indian Experiences: Teaching Faces of a Rising Nations. Baden-Baden: Tectum, https://doi.org/10.5771/9783828872059-19

2020 ‘Subalternation: Narrating Burma’. Postcolonial Studies 23 (2): https://doi.org/10.1080/13688790.2020.1751912

2019 ‘Imperialist Shame and Indigenous Guilt in George Orwell’s Burmese Days’. European Journal of English Studies 23 (3): https://doi.org/10.1080/13825577.2019.1655249

2019 (with Anindya Purakayastha and Birte Heidemann) ‘Introduction: Genealogies of Violence in South Asia'. In: Pavan Malreddy, Anindya Purakayastha and Birte Heidemann (eds.) Violence in South Asia: Contemporary Perspectives. Oxon; New York: Routledge: https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429316845

2019 ‘The Novel of Burma’. In: Alex Tickell (ed). The Oxford History of the Novel in English (vol. 10). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2019 ‘The Transatlantic Novel and the War on Terror’. Journal of Postcolonial Writing. 55 (1): https://doi.org/10.1080/17449855.2017.1415655

2019  ‘After-Literature: The End of the Story and the Birth of the Narrative’. In: Maria Fleischhack, Stefan Welz and Jürgen Ronthaler (eds.) Das Leben und die Seltsamen Abenteuer des Elmar Schenkel, aus Soest, Professor. Nicht von ihm Selbst Verfasst.Leipzig: Edition Hamouda, 258-265.

2018 (with Michael C. Frank) ‘Global Responses to the War on Terror’. European Journal of English Studies 22 (2): https://doi.org/10.1080/13825577.2018.1478253

2018 ‘In a State of Indifference: A Conversation with Amit Chaudhuri’. Creative Lives (4).

2018 (with Frank Schulze-Engler and John Njenga Karugia) ‘“Even the Dead Have Human Rights”: A Conversation with Homi Bhabha’. Journal of Postcolonial Writing 54 (5): https://doi.org/10.1080/17449855.2018.1446682