Jason Mezey, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Office: Merion Hall 182
Phone: (610) 660-3362
Email: jmezey@sju.edu


  • B.A., Swarthmore College, 1993.
  • M.A., The Ohio State University, 1995.
  • Ph.D., The University of Iowa, 2001.

Professional Experience

General Fields of Professional Interest

Anglophone Indian Fiction
Postcolonial Studies
Contemporary British Fiction
Literature and Psychoanalysis

Pedagogical Style

I structure my courses to consist of both student-generated and directed discussion, along with occasional lectures to provide historical or theoretical background for the texts we read and the issues we raise. Over the course of the semester, my students produce a combination of short, informal responses and longer academic essays on literary topics, and I expect them to be as active and engaged in their writing as I do in their reading and participation.

Other Information/Interests/Memberships

Bollywood film (Hindi cinema from Bombay; my two favorite films are Lagaan and Dil Se, but I'm always open to recommendations).

James Joyce (I was a Joycean before moving on to India, and I'm still up for teaching and talking about Ulysses).

Member of the MLA and the MMLA.

Courses Taught

  • English 1011 (The Craft of Language)
  • English 1021 (Texts and Contexts)
  • English 2641 (Introduction to Postcolonialism)
  • English 2651 (World Literature in English)


Selected Publications

"Mourning the Death of the Raj? Partition Violence and British Melancholia in Paul Scott's Raj Quartet." Annual Meeting of the Modern Language Association. San Diego, CA. December 27-30, 2003.

"Midnight's Children" and "Salman Rushdie." South Asian Novelists in English: An A-To-Z Guide. Jaina C. Sanga, ed. Westport: Greenwood Press, 2003.

Review of England through Colonial Eyes in Twentieth-Century Fiction by Ann Blake, Leela Gandhi, and Sue Thomas. Modern Fiction Studies 49.2 (2003)

"My heart it beat like a drum": Transference as Therapeutic Performance in Raja Rao's Kanthapura." Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies 10.1 (2002).

"Mourning Partition: Therapeutic Narrative in Saadat Hasan Manto and Jyotirmoyee Devi." South Asian Review: The Journal of the South Asian Literary Association 21 (2000).

"Ireland, Europe, The World, The Universe: Political Geography in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man." Journal of Modern Literature 22.2 (1999).