Shobna Nijhawan :  Publications

Monographs and Edited Books

Hindi Publishing in Colonial Lucknow (working title). Under contract with Oxford University Press (in preparation for publication in 2017).

Women and Girls in the Hindi Public Sphere: Periodical Literature in Colonial North India. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2012.

(editor). Nationalism in the Vernacular. Hindi, Urdu and the Literature of Indian Freedom. New Delhi: Permanent Black, 2010.


Articles in Journals and Book Chapters (selection)

“Women and the nationalization of literature: Text and image as parallel narratives with multiplied meaning in a Hindi periodical (1927 - 1941)”. Gender and History – accepted and scheduled for publication in 2017.

“Nationalizing the Consumption of Tea for the Hindi Reader: The Indian Tea Market Expansion Board’s Advertisement Campaign”. Modern Asian Studies – accepted and scheduled for publication in 2017.

“International Feminism from an Asian Centre: The All-Asian Women’s Conference (Lahore, 1931) in Light of Transnational Feminist History”. Journal of Women’s History 29.2 (June), 2017 (forthcoming).

“The Hindi-Urdu heritage language stream: innovative pedagogy and institutional challenges”. A Handbook on Heritage Language Education: From Innovation to Program Building. Eds. Olga Kagan, Maria Carreira, Claire Chik. Routledge. Forthcoming.

“Hindi, Urdu and Hindustani on the Air: Colonial Debates over Radio Broadcasting in the United Provinces”. South Asia Research 36.1 (February), pp. 80-97, 2016.

Book review: “English Heart, Hindi Heartland. The Political Life of Literature in India” by Rashmi Sadana. Journal of Asian Studies 73.3 (August), pp. 841-842, 2014.


Book review: “Tracing the Boundaries between Hindi and Urdu. Lost and Added in Translation between 20th Century Short Stories” by Christine Everaert. Annual of Urdu Studies 29, pp. 27-38, 2014.


"Fallen Through the Nationalist and Feminist Grids of Analysis: Political Campaigning of Indian Women Against Indentured Labor Emigration." Indian Journal of Gender Studies 21.1. (February), pp. 111-133, 2014 .

"At the Margins of Empire: Feminist Configurations of Burmese Society in the Hindi Public (1917-1920)." Journal of Asian Studies 71.4 (November), pp. 1013-1033, 2012.

“Punkt, Punkt, Komma, Strich – Wer bin ich?” in Heimat in der Fremde. Band 2 (Commentary on Biographies of Second-Generation Indian Immigrants Living in Germany). Heidelberg: Draupadi Verlag, pp. 150-158, 2012.

“Civilizing Sisters: Writings on how to save women, men, society and the nation.” From Improvement to Development. ‘Civilizing Missions’ in Colonial and Post-colonial South Asia. Eds. Carey Watt and Michael Mann. London and New York: Anthem Press, pp. 193-215, 2011.

"I got the point across and that is what counts.” Transcultural versus (?) linguistic competence in language teaching." Journal of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages 9.1., pp. 59-81, 2011.

“The Links of Our Chains” [English translation of the Hindi feminist essay by Mahadevi Varma]. Mahadevi Varma. Essays on Women, Culture, and Nation. Ed. Anita Anantharam. Delhi: Zubaan Press; New York: Cambria Press, pp. 71-88, 2010.

"Out of Place in Lindenstrasse: On the Representation of Ethnicity in a German Soap Opera." South Asian Popular Culture 6.2, pp. 161-176, 2008.

“The touchstone of a nation’s greatness is the status of its women” – Responses to colonial discourses on Indian womanhood.” South Asia Research 28.1, pp. 73-88, 2008.

“Hindi Children’s Journals and Nationalist Discourse (1910-1930).” Economic and Political Weekly 39.33, pp. 3723-3729, 2004.