Associate Professor Chandani Lokuge


Chandani works in the Faculty of Arts at Monash University as an Associate Professor.

I was awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship to undertake a PhD in Postcolonial Literature in Australia.  I completed the degree at Flinders University, South Australia in 1996.  My doctoral thesis was a study of the pioneering Indian women’s autobiography and fiction written in English.

I read for my Masters Degree (100% research) at the University of Sri Lanka.  My research project examined English fiction in Sri Lanka: Leonard Woolf, James Goonewardene and Punyakanta Wijenaike.  Having undertaken contract Lecturership positions at the 3 major universities in South Australia, I took up a continuing lecturership in the School of English, Communications and Performance Studies at Monash University in 2001.

I am currently an Associate Professor in English, and the founding and continuing Director of the Centre for Postcolonial Writing and Head of the Creative Writing programme at Monash University.

I read for my doctoral degree on a Commonwealth Scholarship. I am the author of nine books. As the Editor of the scholarly Oxford Classics Reissues series of pioneering Indian women’s writing in English, I have published six books including, The Collected Prose and Poetry of Toru Dutt and The Memories of Cornelia Sorabji: India’s First Woman Barrister. My current academic research is on the aesthetics of South Asian diasporic literature.

My creative writing includes two novels, If the moon smiled and Turtle Nest (Penguin), and Moth and Other Stories (Dangaroo). I have published or presented my fiction in France, Germany, Denmark, India, Sri Lanka, US, Cyprus and Australia.

I am the Director of the Centre for Postcolonial Writing and Coordinator of the Creative Writing programme in the School of English, Communications and Performance Studies.

Download Associate Professor Chandani Lokuge’s Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

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Research interests

  • Indian women’s literature
  • South Asian diasporic literature
  • Travel writing
  • Creative writing

Competitive grants

  • Literature Board of the Australia Council for the Arts: $25,000.00
  • Routledge, UK: $18,000.00;
  • Australia-India Council: $12,000;
  • Myer Foundation: $5,000.00;
  • Arts Victoria: $5,000.00;
  • Ian Potter Foundation: $5,000.00



  • Lokuge, C., 2011, Softly, As I Leave You, Australian Scholarly Publishing, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Lokuge, C., 2006, Toru Dutt: Collected Prose and Poetry, Oxford University Press, New Delhi India.
  • Lokuge, C., 2004, Ratanbai : a high-caste child-wife (Nikambe, S. M.), Oxford University Press, New Delhi India.
  • Lokuge, C., 2003, Love and Life Behind the Purdah (Sorabji, C), Oxford University Press, New Delhi India.
  • Sorabji C., Lokuge, C. (eds), 2001, India Calling: The Memories of Cornelia Sorabji, India’s first woman barrister, Oxford University Press, London UK.

Journal Articles

  • Lokuge, C., 2011, Journey into Vishranti: a critico-autobiographical reflection on diasporic dis-belonging,Interventions: International journal of postcolonial studies [P], vol 13, issue 3, Routledge, UK, pp. 483-494.
  • Lokuge, C., 2010, The return journey and the aesthetic of rasa in Michael Ondaatje’s poetry, Moving Worlds: a journal for transcultural writings [P], vol 10, issue 2, Leeds University, School of English, University of Leeds, pp. 79-91.
  • Lokuge, C., 2008, Revisiting the homeland: philosophical and aesthetic dimensions in Adib Khan’s Spiral Road, Asiatic: IIUM Journal of English Language and Literature, vol 2, issue 1, International Islamic University Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, pp. 47-57.
  • Lokuge, C., 2007, Waters of Desire, Meanjin: On Globalisation and Postcolonial Culture, vol 66, issue 2, Melbourne University Publishing, Melbourne, pp. 25-34.

Book Chapters

  • Lokuge, C., 2013, Dialoguing with Empire: The Literary and Political Rhetoric of Sarojini Naidu, in India in Britain: South Asian Networks and Connections, 1858-1950, ed Susheila Nasta, Palgrave Macmillan, UK. pp 115-133.
  • Lokuge, C., 2011, Field notes: Discoveries of self in reading and teaching Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children, in Beyond ‘Other Cultures’: Transcultural Perspectives on Teaching the New Literatures in English, eds Sabine Doff and Frank Schulze-Engler, Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, Trier Germany, pp. 239-246.
  • Lokuge, C., 2008, A case for literature and the search for alternative visions of individual and national freedom: Michael Ondaatje’s Anil’s Ghost, in Arbiters of a National Imaginary: Essays on Sri Lanka, eds Chelva Kanaganayakam, International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Colombo Sri Lanka, pp. 106-113.

Other Publications

  • Lokuge, C., 2011, Softly, As I Leave You, , Arcardia, Melbourne Vic Australia.
  • Lokuge, C., 2004, Caves of Infinite Buddhas, Meanjin Company Ltd., Australia, pp. 119-123.
  • Lokuge, C., 2003, Her Red Scarf, Penguin Books, Vic Australia, pp. 82-87.
  • Lokuge, C., 2003, Turtle Nest, Novels, Penguin Australia, Penguin India, Melbourne Victoria New Delhi India.
  • Lokuge, C., 2002, Mala’s baby in Gas and Air: Tales of Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond, Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, London UK, pp. 105-113.
  • Lokuge, C., 2000, If the moon smiled, Novels, Penguin Australia, Penguin India, Melbourne Victoria New Delhi India.


Current Supervision

Program of Study:(DOCTORATE BY RESEARCH).Thesis Title:’Bamboo in the backyard – emergence of Asia in Australian poetry’.Supervisors:Hawke, J (Main), Lokuge, C (Associate).

Program of Study:(DOCTORATE BY RESEARCH).Thesis Title:’Landscapes of Belonging’ in Australian-Japanese and Australian-Chinese Literature and Poetry.Supervisors:Lokuge, C (Main), Alizadeh, A (Associate).

Program of Study:(DOCTORATE BY RESEARCH).Supervisors:Lokuge, C (Main), Kossew, S (Associate).

Program of Study:(DOCTORATE BY RESEARCH).Thesis Title:Place Tectonics in Austral/Asia: Hybridity and Identity Drift in the Works of Southeast Asian Australian Women Writers.Supervisors:Lokuge, C (Main), Gerster, R (Associate).

Program of Study:(DOCTORATE BY RESEARCH).Thesis Title:Seeking Dorothy: In The Land of OZ.Supervisors:Peterson, W (Main), Lokuge, C (Associate).

Program of Study:(DOCTORATE BY RESEARCH).Thesis Title:The God story: seeing the self in religious narrative.Supervisors:Do Rozario, R (Main), Lokuge, C (Associate).

Completed Supervision

Student: Ahern, D.
Program of Study: Five Months in Brownbend Flats – History, Home and Identity in White Australian Consciousness. (Masters) 2008.
Supervisors: Lokuge, C (Main), Dilnot, A (Associate).

Student: Bellis, N.
Program of Study: Women Troubadours and Voices in the Mist: Re-Visioning Women from Arthurian Legend. (Masters) 2007.
Supervisors: Lokuge, C (Main), Dilnot, A (Associate).

Student: Chapman, J.
Program of Study: Writing the Nation: Representations of the White Colonial Woman in the Fiction of J.M. Coetzee. (Masters) 2005.
Supervisors: Lokuge, C (Main), Probyn, C (Associate).

Student: Convery, S.
Program of Study: Literature as political activism: literary representations of Indigenous Australia by Anglo and Indigenous writers & Big River. (PHD) 2012.
Supervisors: Lokuge, C (Main), Russell, L (Associate).

Student: Evangelista, E.
Program of Study: The lost comedian (a novel) & Beyond the latticed view: translating self, memory and place in a second language (exegesis). (PHD) 2011.
Supervisors: Lokuge, C (Main), Hawke, J (Associate).

Student: Fitch, A.
Program of Study: The Role of the Outsider’s Voice in Representation: A Comparative Analysis of Selected Fiction of Toni Morrison and Michael Ondaatje. (Masters) 2006.
Supervisors: Lokuge, C (Joint-Co), Gerster, R (Joint).

Student: Hashim, R.
Program of Study: Malay comedy in a late colonial and post-colonial context: the Singapore comedy films of P.Ramlee, 1957-1964. (PHD) 2007.
Supervisors: Hanan, D (Main), Lokuge, C (Associate).

Student: Khan, A.
Program of Study: Jackal’s Orchard (a novel) & In the muses’ labyrinth: discovering the configurations of a creative process (exegesis). (PHD) 2010.
Supervisors: Lokuge, C (Main), Dilnot, A (Associate).

Student: Malalasekara, D.
Program of Study: Difficulties Encountered in Translating Postcolonial Writing – A study of Pragmatic Aspects, with Reference to the Translation of Fiction from Sinhala to English. (Masters) 2009. 
Supervisors: Groves, P (Main), Lokuge, C (Associate).