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Professor Auritro Majumder is a literary critic, critical theorist, and intellectual historian. He is Assistant Professor of English with a courtesy appointment in the India Studies Program. His first book is Insurgent Imaginations: World Literature and the Periphery (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2020). Current works in progress include a second monograph, “The Global South in Literature and Theory,” and a co-edited anthology, “Cultures of the Cold War in South Asia.” Additionally, Majumder has published over a dozen essays, appearing in journals such as Critical Asian Studies, Comparative Literature Studies, Interventions, Journal of Multicultural Discourses, Journal of Postcolonial Writing, Mediations, Research in African Literatures, and South Asian Review, 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.
Prof. Majumder has delivered invited talks to audiences in North America, Europe, and South Asia. Presently, he serves on the Executive Committee of the Modern Language Association’s South Asian and South Asian Diasporic Language, Literature and Culture (LLC) Forum, as well as on the editorial board of the journal, Mediations.
Areas of Supervision:
Students interested in the following fields/areas/languages are welcome: Literary and Critical Theory; Intellectual History; Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Comparative World Literature; Race and Caste; South Asian vernaculars; Latin American Spanish and
Certificate in Critical Theory, Cornell, 2012
MA (First Class), BA (First Class Hons.) in English, Jadavpur, 2009, 2007
Editorial Board, Mediations
Executive Committee, MLA South Asia LLC
External Reviewer, National Endowment for the Humanities, etc.
Peer Reviewer for multiple national and international journals
Selected Invited Lectures:
University of Warwick, United Kingdom, 2019
University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2019
Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, France, 2018
Asian Development Research Institute, India, 2018
McGill University, Canada, 2016
Majumder, Auritro. 2016. “Can Bengali Literature be Postcolonial?” Comparative Literature Studies 53 (2): 417-425.
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.
Research Awards at Houston:
Project Completion Grant, CLASS, 2019
William Lee Pryor College Professorship, 2018-2019
Research Progress Grant, 2017
CLASS Research Funds, 2016
New Faculty Summer Research Grant, 2015
Courses Taught at Houston:
ENGL 3301 Introduction to Literary Studies
ENGL 3322 The Contemporary Novel
ENGL 3365 Postcolonial Literature* Cross-listed with the India Studies Program
ENGL 3380 Modern Indian 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)