Category: Gayatri Devi

NDQ Year in Review

As 2022 comes to an end, you should be receiving issue 89.3/4 of North Dakota Quarterly even as we speak (weather permitting of course!). Wrapping up the year and another issue is a nice opportunity to take a look back before starting to pull together the first issue of volume

Peyton Gendron is not a right-wing American problem; he is an American problem

Gayatri Devi | Perhaps the most disconcerting outcome of the fatal mass shooting at the Tops grocery store in Buffalo, New York on Saturday, May 14th that killed ten people and injured three is the fact that the media discourse is slowly but surely shifting the crux of the white

Short Take: Race and Urbanism in Nia DaCosta’s Candyman

Gayatri Devi | Candyman, Director Nia DaCosta, Written by Jordan Peele, 2021. Thirty years ago, I almost completely missed the blatant racism of the first Candyman film (1992) because of the intentionally revolting imagery of the film that triggered not only a psychosomatic fear and horror, but also aversion and disgust in the viewer.

Mainstreaming Racial Slurs: White Nationalism Comes Home to Roost

By Gayatri Devi | The historic and uniquely white American racist slur against Native Americans—”The only good Indian is a dead Indian” – made a recent comeback on 17 May 2020, when Couy Griffin, the District 2 Commissioner of Otero county, New Mexico told an assembled audience at the New

Indians of Alcatraz: 50th Anniversary of the Native American Occupation of Alcatraz (1969-1971)

Gayatri Devi, Contributing Editor, North Dakota Quarterly 2019 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Native American occupation of Alcatraz island that lasted 19 months from 20 November 1969 to 11 June 1971.  The occupation has been variously interpreted as an act of civil disobedience as well as the “first major instance of pan-Indian


Congratulations to Sharon Carson, Gayatri Devi, and Cigdem Pala Mull for their special issue of North Dakota Quarterly on Transnationalism (volume 84.1/2) being recognized as a notable issue by the 2018 Best American Essays editors. Special recognition goes to Sharon Carson, Shawn Boyd, and Kate Sweney, who shepherded volume 84.1/2 through production as well

Migrants, Exiles, and Refugees: Reading Literature in times of Racism

Migrants, Exiles, and Refugees: Reading Literature in times of Racism Gayatri Devi 1. When news reports started coming out last week of the sitting president of the United States referring to Africa, Haiti and El Salvador as “shithole countries” in the presence of other elected politicians, my mind recalled the

NDQ 84.1/2: Transnational

We are very pleased to open our autumn season of NDQ online by announcing the publication of a special print issue of NDQ titled Transnational.  This project was co-edited by Çiğdem Pala Mull, Sharon Carson, and Gayatri Devi.  Here is their opening collaborative essay explaining the intellectual energies shaping the issue. We’ll be

“A Sentence Within a Sentence”: Solitary Confinement as Torture

Gayatri Devi Jean Casella, James Ridgeway, and Sarah Shourd, eds. Hell Is a Very Small Place: Voices from Solitary Confinement. New York: The New Press, 2016. Pp. 226, $29.95 hb. Rule 43 1. In no circumstances may restrictions or disciplinary sanctions amount to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading

“Let the Academic Year Begin!” The Work of Humanities in the Age of Neoliberalism

Julie Schumacher, Dear Committee Members. New York: Doubleday, 2014. Pp. 180, $22.95 hb. “Under whose aegis was it decided that Economics and English should share a building? Were criteria other than the alphabet considered?” —Professor Jay Fitger, Dear Committee Members “There is no such thing as a self-made man. Every

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