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Auritro Majumder

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Assistant Professor

  • Phone: (713) 743-5875
  • Email: amajumder@uh.edu
  • Office: 234 A Roy Cullen Building

Auritro Majumder specializes in Global anglophone literatures and Critical Theory. He holds a courtesy appointment in the College’s new India Studies Program, affiliate faculty in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and a founding steering committee member in the English Dept.’s Empire Studies collective. Education: PhD, Syracuse, 2014; Certificate in Critical Theory, Cornell, 2012; MA and BA, Jadavpur, 2009, 2007.

 Current research projects include three 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 an anthology of essays that he is co-editing, on the literature and history of the Cold War in South Asia; the third is another co-edited anthology, on South Asians in North America. His articles have appeared or are forthcoming in journals such as Critical Asian Studies, Comparative Literature Studies, Interventions, Journal of Postcolonial Writing, Mediations, Research in African Literatures, The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies, and several book volumes.

 Prof. Majumder welcomes collaborations from scholars and students working in the areas of India and diasporic Indian studies, especially postcolonialism, caste & race, vernacular-language bhasha literatures; as well as, more broadly, modernism and realism, literary theory, and global intellectual history. He has published work on all of these areas, and regularly offers courses in both advanced undergraduate and graduate seminars.   

Selected Publications:

“Toward a Materialist Critique of the Postnational: Haile Gerima’s Lukácsian Realism in Harvest 3000 Years.” Research in African Literatures 49.1 (Spring 2018), Forthcoming 8700 words.

 “World Literature, the Geist and the East, 1907-1942.” History, Imperialism, Critique: New Essays in World Literature. Ed. Asher Ghaffar (New York: Routledge, 2018): Forthcoming 7500 words.

 “The Case for Peripheral Aesthetics: Fredric Jameson, the World-System and Cultures of Emancipation.” Interventions 19.6 (2017): 781-796.

“Gayatri Spivak, Planetarity, and the Labor of Imagining Internationalism.” Mediations 30.2 (Summer 2017): 15-28.

 “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 University Press; New Delhi: Orient Blackswan, 2017). 135-146.

 “Can Bengali Literature be Postcolonial?” Comparative Literature Studies 53.2 (2016): 417-425.

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

 “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 (2014): 423-436.

“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, 2014). 55-78.

 “Dilemmas of Parliamentary Communism: The Rise and Fall of the Left in West Bengal.” Co-authored with Subho Basu. Critical Asian Studies 45.2 (2013): 167-200.

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

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Education

  • Ph.D. in English, Syracuse University, 2014
  • School of Criticism and Theory, Cornell University, 2012
  • M.A. in English, Jadavpur University, India, 2009
  • B.A. (Honours) in English, Jadavpur University, India, 2007