Sunil Agnani

601 South Morgan Street (MC 162)
University Hall, Suite 1919
Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: 312.413.2234
Fax: 312.413.1005
Email: sagnani1@uic.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Associate Professor
European Enlightenment, Eighteenth-century studies, Literature of Empire & Decolonization


Sunil Agnani holds a joint appointment as an Associate Professor with the Department of English and the Department of History, and teaches courses on the European Enlightenment, eighteenth-century British and French literature and thought, and on the literature of empire and decolonization. His book, Hating Empire Properly: The Two Indies and the Limits of Enlightenment AnticolonialismNew York: Fordham University Press / Kindle version, 2013 was awarded the Harry Levin Prize for Best First Book by the American Comparative Literature Association in 2014 (Award Citation), and reads the literature of the Enlightenment in relation to debates in postcolonial thought. Other representative publications include: an essay on the idea of "consensual colonialism" in thought of Denis Diderot entitled “Doux commerce, douce colonisation” in The Anthropology of the Enlightenment (Stanford UP, 2007); an examination of Edmund Burke’s writings on France in relation to his involvement in Indian affairs, “Jacobinism in India, Indianism in English Parliament” (Cultural Critique, Winter 2008); and “India and Haiti as Colonial Spaces of the Enlightenment” in L’Inde des Lumières; Entre l’orientalisme et les sciences sociales, (Purushartha 31, École des Hautes Études Press, Jan 2013).

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Hating Empire Properly: The Two Indies and the Limits of Enlightenment Anticolonialism
by Sunil M. Agnani 
Fordham University Press
Published: May 14, 2013
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