Associate Professor Nikhil Bilwakesh holds a B.A. in English and Economics from the University of Massachusetts, and a Ph.D. in English from the City University of New York. He joined the faculty in Fall 2008.
"Albert Pike and the Resurrection of the Vedic Gods in the Reconstructed White South." Indo-American Encounters in the Early Republic. ed. Anupama Arora and Rajender Kaur. New York: Palgrave-Macmillan. (forthcoming)
"Captioning the Love of Comrades: Contemporary Cuban Translations of Walt Whitman." Walt Whitman Quarterly Review. (forthcoming)
"W.D. Fard and the Unincorporated Margin of South Asian America." South Asian Review. 36:2 (2015). 147-176.
"Emerson's Decomposition: Parnassus." Nineteenth-Century Literature. 67:4 (2013). 520-545.
"'Their faces were like so many of the same sort at home': American Responses to the Indian Rebellion of 1857." American Periodicals: A Journal of History and Criticism. 21:1 (2011). 1-23.
"'This prospering country is your ornament': Emerson and the ‘Instructive’ Value of the Cosmopolitan Project."Nineteenth-Century Prose, 36:2 (2009). 77-112.
"Emerson, John Brown and Arjuna: Translating the Bhagavad Gita in a Time of War." ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance. 55:1 (2009). 27-58.
"'Alias Jeremiah': The Pathetic Preachers of Oscar Micheaux." West Virginia University Philological Papers. Vol. 50 (2003): 33-41.
Essays and Reviews
Review of Ted A. Smith, Weird John Brown: Divine Violence and the Limits of Ethics. (Stanford: Stanford, 2015). American Literary History. (Spring, 2016). 1-4.
Review of Clemens Spahr, Radical Beauty: American Transcendentalism and the Aesthetic Critique of Modernity. (Paderborn: Ferdinand Schöningh, 2011). Emerson Society Papers. 23:2. (Fall, 2012). 13+.
"Disserting Ellen." New Orleans Review. 37.1 (2011): 140-145.
"A literary walking uphill." Jacket2. (November, 2011)
Review of Mark Kingwell, Nearest Thing to Heaven: The Empire State Building and American Dreams. (New Haven: Yale, 2006), "Letters in Canada 2006," University of Toronto Quarterly, 77:1 (Winter 2008). 335-337.
Review of Sandra Harbert Petrulionis, To Set This World Right: The Antislavery Movement in Thoreau's Concord. (Ithaca: Cornell, 2006), Nineteenth-Century Prose. 35:1 (2008). 250-254.
"Leo Percepied" and "Mardou Fox" from The Subterraneans, by Jack Kerouac. Student's Encyclopedia of American Literary Characters. Ed. Judith Baughman and Matthew Bruccoli. New York: Facts on File, 2008.
Review of David S. Reynolds, John Brown, Abolitionist: The Man Who Killed Slavery, Sparked the Civil War, and Seeded Civil Rights. (New York: Knopf, 2005), Journal for the Study of Radicalism, 1:2 (2007). 141 - 144.