is Professor of English at Cornell University. He was born in Orissa, India, and was educated in India and the United States. Mohanty’s work in literary criticism and theory has focused on issues that are shaped by his bi-cultural background and his commitment to a vision of culture as a field of moral inquiry. He is prominent for his arguments against postmodernist theory. Instead, he has introduced a realist theoretical approach to social identity, culture, and (aesthetic and moral) values.