Khem Guragain is a Doctoral candidate in English at York University. He received his M.A. in Literatures of Modernity from Ryerson University. He taught graduate courses on non-Western literatures and Postcolonial literatures, and undergraduate courses on creative writing, communications, and non-fiction at Tribhuvan University. His research interests include the issues of migration and diaspora formation; the effects of race, culture, class, gender and language in identity and representation, broadly defined. He is interested in looking at contemporary South Asian diaspora studies, and its multifaceted dimensions of cultural, ethnic, and literary (re)presentations of South Asia, intertwined with the questions of identity and representation of minority cultures in Canada. He also seeks to investigate the complexities of Nepali identity and nationhood in South Asia, and in the diaspora, and examine how they are constantly problematized. In addition, he is interested in looking at the emergence of Dalit literature in Nepal and analyse how it interrogates Nepali nationalism, and exposes the inner contradictions it conceals.
Publications and Conferences
- Guragain, Khem. "Home, Belonging and Diaspora- Manjushree Thapa’s Seasons of Flight and Nepali Identity Conflated with Indianness." Mapping South Asian Diaspora: An Anthology of 21st Century Criticism. Ed. Ajay Kumar Chaubey. Jaipur: Rawat Publications. 2016, forthcoming.
- Guragain, Khem. “The ‘Third Space’ and the Questions of Identity in Jean Rhys’ Wide Sargasso Sea. Localities 5 (2015). 65-88. Print.
- Guragain, Khem. "Home, Belonging and Diaspora: Manjushree Thapa’s Seasons of Flight and Nepali Identity Conflated with Indianness." Localities 4 (2014). 51-77.
- Guragain, Khem. “Creole as a ‘Third Space’ in Jean Rhys’ Wide Sargasso Sea.” Ryerson University Graduate Student’s Colloquium 2014. Ryerson University, Toronto. 8 April 2014 (conference presentation).
Keywords: Nepal; South Asia; Buddha; Dalit; Hinduism; identity; representation; nationhood; diaspora