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The Department of English, Jadavpur University, founded in 1956, is the only Centre of Advanced Study in its discipline, a status awarded to it in 2004 by the University Grants Commission. In its long and distinguished history, it has attracted some of the best scholars and researchers in India. Past heads of department include Subodh Chandra Sengupta, Kitty Scoular Datta, and Sukanta Chaudhuri. Its chosen field of research for the CAS Programme is ‘Textuality and Culture’ (second phase: ‘Cultural Transactions’), and the work of its members has ranged from the Renaissance to the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, translation, the history of the book, literature and psychoanalysis, subaltern literatures and oratures, postcolonial literature, media, gender, travel, popular literature, creative writing and theatre studies, producing, in the past five years alone, over 80 academic books under imprints such as Permanent Black and Oxford University Press, and over 200 articles in refereed journals.

While the Department provides a hospitable environment for every kind of research, some new academic fields created by it have had a significant impact on arts and humanities research in India. Among them are the study of textual and print culture and the history of the book, leading to a path-breaking series of conferences and publications in the field, Print Areas (Permanent Black, 2004), Moveable Type (2008) and New Word Order (2010), edited by Abhijit Gupta and Swapan Chakravorty. Practical courses are offered in both Creative Writing and Theatre Studies. ‘Writing in Practice’ is taught by the novelist and book historian Rimi B. Chatterjee and ‘Drama in Practice’ is taught by Ananda Lal, editor of the Oxford Companion to Indian Theatre. Plays by students are professionally staged under his direction.

Meanwhile, the Department continues to maintain its strength in traditional areas like Renaissance Studies, Romantic, Victorian and Modern Literature, and Translation. Recent CAS publications include Re-Orienting Orientalism, ed. Chandreyee Niyogi (Sage India, 2006), Reading Children: Essays on Children’s Literature, ed. N. Gupta and R. B. Chatterjee (Orient Blackswan, 2009), Renaissance Themes: Essays for Arun Kumar Das Gupta, ed. Sukanta Chaudhuri (Anthem, 2009), and Moneta’s Veil: The Hidden Face of the 19th Century, ed. Malabika Sarkar (Pearson, 2009), as well as new translations of Sharatchandra and Bankimchandra.

The impact of Europe upon India, both in the earliest period of contact and under colonialism, leading to radical transformations in all spheres of material culture and imaginative and intellectual activity, has been a major field for CAS and ASIHSS research. The Department is a partner in the Leverhulme Trust International Network Project on Commodities and Culture in the Colonial World with King’s College London, New York University, and the University of Technology, Sydney. It has created a Digital Archive of Renaissance Travellers to India with the University of Liverpool, worked on the Idea of the Renaissance across Cultures with the School of Advanced Studies, University of London, and on East-West Encounters in the History of the Book in Bengal. The CAS has sponsored important translation projects as well as research in all its areas of strength, and hosted international conferences, workshops and lectures. Recent conferences include The Expanding Universe: Science and Literature in the 19th century (2010), celebrating the Darwin bicentenary; Staged Encounters: History, Society, Identity, and Shakespeare, with the Shakespeare Association of America; On the Road: Writing Travel and Travellers, and Milton in his Time, the Milton Quatercentenary Conference (all 2008).

A Renaissance Resource Centre was set up with the support of the Italian culture ministry, and collaborative projects are under way with Italian universities like Bologna and Naples. The Centre for Studies in Romantic Literature, an independent institution, was set up by the Department’s Malabika Sarkar. An interdisciplinary Centre for Victorian Studies is proposed. Members of the Department have initiated and continue to direct a number of Interdisciplinary Schools in the University, such as Women’s Studies, Media, Languages, and Cultural Texts and Records. Within the Department, the curriculum is constantly revised and updated, and a wide variety of courses, ranging from ‘Graphic Novels’ to ‘Death in Western Civilization’ is offered to both undergraduates and postgraduate students in the semester system.

The Centre of Advanced Study welcomes scholars and researchers from other institutions in India and abroad, and has an active Visiting Fellowship programme, enabling intense and productive academic interaction at both individual and institutional levels. Visiting speakers are also regularly hosted. Research scholars find a stimulating and supportive environment, and there are around 3000 applications for 50 places in the undergraduate programme. Entry at all levels is through a demanding entrance examination.


Head Of The Department : Dr. Nandini Saha

Ph.: 2414-6681 (O)
Extn- 2457-2224

E-mail: hod@english.jdvu.ac.in

Faculty Summary Full Time
No. of teachers with Ph.D / D.Sc. as the highest qualification 11
No. of teachers with M.Tech/M. Phil. as the highest qualification 4
No. of teachers with First class Master Degree as the highest qualification 1
Emeritus Professor
Photo Name / Qualification Telephone No. / Email ID Specialization
Sukanta Chaudhuri

schaudhuri@english.jdvu.ac.in
Renaissance, and Translation
Supriya Chaudhuri

supriya.chaudhuri@gmail.com // supriyachaudhuri@english.jdvu.ac.in
Renaissance, Fiction, Critical Theory
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Professors
Photo Name / Qualification Telephone No. /  Email ID Specialization
Abhijit Gupta
Ph.D.
91-33-24256926
agupta@english.jdvu.ac.in
History of the book; bibliography; the 19th century; crime fiction; science fiction; graphic novels; sports and society
Amlan Das Gupta
Ph.D.
033-24146681
adasgupta@english.jdvu.ac.in
Classical European Literature and Thought
History of Christianity
Early Modern Literature and Thought
North Indian Classical Music
Chandreyee Niyogi
Ph.D.

cniyogi@english.jdvu.ac.in
Nandini Saha
Ph.D.

nsaha@english.jdvu.ac.in
Twentieth Century British Literature, Postmodern Fiction, Indian Writing in English
Nilanjana Gupta
Ph.D.
2457-2369
nilaguptaju@yahoo.com / ngupta@english.jdvu.ac.in
Modern Fiction, Popular Culture
Paromita Chakraborty
M.Phil.

pchakraborty@english.jdvu.ac.in
Renaissance drama, History of madness, Gender and Queer studies, Shakespearean studies, Performance and Film studies
Prodosh Bhattacharya
Ph.D.
03323585372
pbhattacharya@english.jdvu.ac.in
Old & Middle English language and literature; Popular literature
Rimi Barnali Chatterjee
Ph.D.
+91 9830733415
rbchatterjee@english.jdvu.ac.in
Creative writing, science fiction, fantasy, Indian writing in English, Romanticism
Santanu Biswas
Ph.D.
03324146681
sbiswas@english.jdvu.ac.in
Psychoanalysis and Literature
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Associate Professor
Photo Name / Qualification Telephone No. / Email ID Specialization
Manojit Mandal
9830896542
manojit2005@yahoo.com
Shakespeare, Literary Criticism, Postcolonial Theory, 19th and early 20th century studies, Colonialism and Bengal, Tagore, Edward Said
Nilanjana Deb
Ph.D.
24146681
ndeb@english.jdvu.ac.in
Post Colonial Literatures, Aboriginal Literatures, Subaltern Writing and Orature, Cultures of Protest, Diaspora Studies
Saswati Halder
M.A.

shalder@english.jdvu.ac.in
Nineteenth Century English Literature, English Language Teaching
Sonia Sahoo
M.Phil.
033-24146681
ssahoo@english.jdvu.ac.in
Renaissance, Contemporary Language Studies.
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Assistant Professor
Photo Name / Qualification Telephone No. / Email ID Specialization
Abhishek Sarkar
M.Phil.

asarkar@english.jdvu.ac.in
Doyeeta Majumder

Ishan Chakraborty

Kaustav Bakshi

kbakshi@english.jdvu.ac.in
Rafat Ali
Ph.D.
0332414-6681
rali@english.jdvu.ac.in
Pre-modern and Early Modern Travel Writing, Orientalism, Islam in European Literature, Romanticism.
Ramit Samaddar
M.Phil.
033-2414-6681
rsamaddar@english.jdvu.ac.in
Eighteenth-and Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture, Travel Writing, Postcolonialism, and Film Studies
Sutanuka Ghosh
Ph.D.

sghosh@english.jdvu.ac.in
Victorian Literature, Postcolonial Studies, Gender Studies, South Asian Studies, Indian Writing in English, Partition Narratives, Life Histories
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Departmental Recognition
Year Recognition Recognized By
2004Centre of Advanced StudyUniversity Grants Commission
2006Support under ASIHSS ProgrammeUniversity Grants Commission
grant confirmed, to be receivedIndian Literature Abroad (ILA) Ministry of Culture Programme for translation of Indian literary texts into English, with Jadavpur CAS as the Nodal Centre. Ministry of Culture
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Degrees Offered/Intake
  Degrees Offered Intake Capacity
B.A55
M.A65
M.Phil.15
Ph.D - Vacancy to be declare at the time of admission
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Research Activities
Abhijit Gupta: ‘Short-Title Catalogue of Books Printed in the Bengali Language 1801-1947’
Sukanta Chaudhuri (General Editor): Oxford Tagore Translation series (Oxford University Press)
Ananda Lal: Oxford Companion to Indian theatre (Oxford University Press) 1996-2003
Malini Bhattacharya: Romanticism in Bengal (DSA/UGC)
Malini Bhattacharya: Girl child in West Bengal (School of Women's Studies & UNICEF)
Supriya Chaudhuri: Translation of Tagore's novel, Jogajog (Oxford University Press)
Sajni K. Mukherji: Talking books and Braille texts for the visually handicapped (UGC)
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Thrust Area
Renaissance Studies
19th Century Studies
20th Century Studies
Translation Studies
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library
Books in the departmental library: 14,000 (approx)
Books in the Students' library: 2,700 (approx)
Total accessions in the Central library: 16,000
Journals/Periodicals subscribed by the department: 37 + electronic journals through the Centre for Digital library and Documentation
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Paper Published
Year Number
Forthcoming in 20142
20121
20111
20091
2006-72
20051
20041
20031
20021
20002
1
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Book Published
Year Number
20121
20112
20103
20092
20082
20073
20063
20051
20044
20031
20021
20011
20001
19982
19971
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Awards and Honours
Year Number
20141
20101
20061
20051
19841
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PHD Thesis Completed
Year Number
ongoing2
20141
20112
20031
20022
19981
3
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Seminars Organized
Year Number
20122
20112
20102
20091
20082
20071
2006 1
20064
20052
20041
20031
20012
19991
19961
1994-20141
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