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Auritro Majumder

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Professor Auritro Majumder is the inaugural recipient of the William Lee Pryor College Professorship in English for 2018-19. He holds a courtesy appointment in the India Studies Program, and was a founding steering committee member in the Empire Studies collective. Current projects include two books: the first, a monograph tentatively titled Insurgent Imaginations, which describes the intersection of aesthetics, world literature, and politics in postcolonial India; the second is a co-edited anthology, on Cultures of the Cold War in South Asia. Majumder’s essays have appeared in journals such as Critical Asian Studies, Comparative Literature Studies, Interventions, Journal of Postcolonial Writing, Mediations, and Research in African Literatures, and collections including History, Imperialism, Critique: New Essays in World Literature, Crossing Borders: Essays on Literature, Culture and Society in Honor of Amritjit Singh, Contentious Connections: Social Imagination in Globalizing South Asia, and The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies. Majumder has served as a jurist for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship, as an international reviewer for Trinity College, Dublin’s Long Room Hub Visiting Fellowship, and as a manuscript referee for a number of international and national scholarly journals, among them Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies (Taiwan), LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory, Mediations, and Feminist Media Studies (UK-USA). At the University of Houston, Majumder instructs upper-division undergraduate courses and graduate seminars on postcolonial and global Anglophone literature, contemporary novels, critical theory, and the city in cultural forms.   

Research Areas:

India and diasporic Indian studies, especially caste & race, vernacular-language bhasha literatures, 19th and 20th century realism and modernism, literary theory, and intellectual history.


PhD, Syracuse; Certificate in Critical Theory, Cornell; MA and BA, Jadavpur.

Recent Talks:

October 2018. “The Cold War and Solidarity in the Global South.” South Asia Conference, University of Wisconsin. Madison, USA.

June 2018. “Gayatri Spivak, Planetarity, and the Periphery.” Invited lecture, Colloque: Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak dans le siècle. Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3. Paris, France.

June 2018. “Marxism’s Combined and Uneven Development.” Invited lecture, Karl Marx – Life, Ideas, Influence: A Critical Examination on the Bicentenary. Asian Development Research Institute. Patna, India.

Selected Publications:

Majumder, Auritro. 2018. “The Literary Lumpen: The Naksha Narratives of Binoy Ghosh.” South Asian Review 39 (3-4), forthcoming 7200 words.

Majumder, Auritro. 2018. “Toward a Materialist Critique of the Postnational: Haile Gerima’s Lukácsian Realism in Harvest 3000 Years.” Research in African Literatures 49 (1): 209-225.

Majumder, Auritro. 2018. “World Literature, the Geist and the East, 1907-1942.” History, Imperialism, Critique: New Essays in World Literature. Ed. Asher Ghaffar (New York: Routledge): 13-28.

Majumder, Auritro. 2017. “The Case for Peripheral Aesthetics: Fredric Jameson, the World-System and Cultures of Emancipation.” Interventions 19 (6): 781-796.

Majumder, Auritro. 2017. “Gayatri Spivak, Planetarity, and the Labor of Imagining Internationalism.” Mediations 30 (2): 15-28.

Majumder, Auritro. 2017. “Caste, Race, and Intellectual History: Notes on a Singular Modernity.” Crossing Borders: Essays on Literature, Culture and Society in Honor of Amritjit Singh. Eds. Tapan Basu and Tasneem Shahnaaz (Lanham: Fairleigh Dickinson UP; New Delhi: Orient Blackswan): 135-146.

Majumder, Auritro. 2016. “Can Bengali Literature be Postcolonial?” Comparative Literature Studies 53 (2): 417-425.

Majumder, Auritro. 2016. “Naxalites”. The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies. Eds. Sangeeta Ray and Henry Schwarz (Malden, Massachusetts: Wiley-Blackwell). Web, 3000 words.

Majumder, Auritro. 2014. “The Poetics and Politics of Blackness: Literature as a Site of Transnational Contestation in Chanakya Sen’s The Morning After and Utpal Dutt’s The Rights of Man.” Journal of Postcolonial Writing 50 (4): 423-436.

Majumder, Auritro. 2014. “Representations and Re-presentations: Reading Coca-Cola Advertising, and the Visuals of Anti-Coke Struggles in India.” Contentious Connections: Social Imagination in Globalizing South Asia. Eds. Sirpa Tenhunen and Klaus Karttunen (Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing): 55-78.

Basu, Subho and Auritro Majumder. 2013. “Dilemmas of Parliamentary Communism: The Rise and Fall of the Left in West Bengal.” Critical Asian Studies 45 (2): 167-200.

Majumder, Auritro. 2012. “Frantz Fanon: Revisiting Anticolonialism.” Modern Social Thinkers. Ed. Pradip Basu (Calcutta: Setu): 144-161.

Courses Taught:

ENGL 3301 Introduction to Literary Studies

ENGL 3322 The Contemporary Novel

ENGL 3365 Postcolonial Literature* Cross-listed with the India Studies Program

ENGL 4396 The City in Cultural Forms (Senior Experience)

ENGL 7315 Postcolonial Dialectics (Graduate)

ENGL 7369 Introduction to Postcolonial Studies (Graduate)

ENGL 8386 Postcolonial Narrations (Graduate)