Zahid R. Chaudhary

Zahid Chaudhary
Zahid R. Chaudhary
Associate Professor

Ph.D. Cornell University. Zahid R. Chaudhary specializes in postcolonial studies, visual culture, and critical theory. His first book, Afterimage of Empire: Photography in Nineteenth-Century India, provides a historical and philosophical account of early photography in India, analyzing how aesthetic experiments in colonial photographic practice shed light on the changing nature of perception and notions of truth, memory, and embodiment. His current book project, Mimetic Acts: The Play of Difference in Late Modernity, analyzes how medium specificity conditions the notions of historical difference emerging across contemporary postcolonial fiction, film, and architecture. He has also published articles in differences, Cultural Critique, South Asia, and Camera Obscura. He has reviewed books for Journal of British Studies, CLIO, and Interventions. Some of his course titles include Postcolonial Visuality (grad),  Mimesis (grad) Introduction to Theory (grad), Reading Literature: Fiction, Urban Fictions, Contemporary Literary Theory: Of Subjects and Subjection, Magical States, Violence and the Modern.


Afterimage of Empire: Photography in Nineteenth-Century India (University of Minnesota Press, 2012).

“Subjects in Difference: Walter Benjamin, Frantz Fanon, and Postcolonial Theory” differences 23:1 (2012) 151-183.
 "The Labour of Mimesis." Social Semiotics 20:4 (Sept 2010) 357-365.
"Humanity Adrift: Race, Materiality, and Allegory in Alfonso Cuarón's Children of Men" Camera Obscura 2009: 24(3 72):73-109.

"Phantasmagoric Aesthetics: Colonial Violence and the Management of Perception." Cultural Critique 59 (Winter 2005), pp.63-119.

"Controlling the Ganymedes: The Colonial Gaze in J.R. Ackerley's Hindoo Holiday." South Asia, Vol. XXIV, Special Issue (2001), pp.47-57.  [Reprinted in Sexual Sites, Seminal Attitudes: Sexual Masculinities and Culture in South Asia. New Delhi: Sage Publications, 2004.]

Review of The Making of English Photography by Steve Edwards In Journal of British Studies 48 (April 2009): 538-539.

Review of Indian Renaissance British Romantic Art and the Prospect of India by Hermione de Almeida and George H. Gilpin In CLIO: A Journal of Literature, Philosophy, and the Philosophy of History, 37:2 (Spring 2008), p.293-297.

Review of Marian Aguiar, Tracking Modernity: India's Railway and the Culture of Mobility. interventions 15:1 (2013) 164-166.

Editor’s Introduction. “Inhabitations: A Feminist Formations Dossier on Robyn Wiegman’s Object Lessons.” Feminist Formations. 25:3 (Winter 2013) 129-135.