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PROFESSOR CHINMOY GUHA
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Title : Professor and former Head, Department of English; Coordinator, DRS (SAP III, Phase III) and Ph.D. Programme; former Chair, Undergraduate Board of English Studies, University of Calcutta.
Specialization : 20th century literature and culture, especially the Modernist and early post-Modernist period; interdisciplinary studies
Email : chinmoy.guha@gmail.com
Phone : (91) (33) 2241 0071 (Extn. 337, 306)
Office : Asutosh Building, 1st floor;
Office Hours : After classes, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thurs; or by appointment

Bio

The French Government has conferred on him the rare honour of two Knighthoods: the Knighthood of Academic Palms of the Ministry of Education, one of the oldest civilian honours in the world; and the Knighthood of Arts and Letters of the Ministry of Culture. According to JMG Le Clézio, 2008 Nobel laureate in literature, “His honour is so satisfying because it rewards the work of someone who has built bridges between cultures.” In the words of Theodore Zeldin: “He demonstrates how literature does more than open the door into unfamiliar civilisations. His mastery of three different literatures gives him a unique capacity to produce original perspectives. He is a rare bird, with a range of interests and knowledge seldom found in academia or anywhere else.” 

B.A. from St. Xavier’s College; M.A. from Calcutta University; Ph.D. from Jadavpur University. Teacher Fellow at Jadavpur University in 1994-95. A former Director of Embassy of France in New Delhi, and former Vice-Chancellor, Rabindra Bharati University, he has lectured at the universities of Paris-Sorbonne, Oxford, Manchester, Warwick, Edinburgh, Worcester, Avignon, at the Journées internationales Romain Rolland in Vézelay and Paris, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Lyon and the Mahatma Gandhi Institute, Mauritius. He delivered the inaugural address at Confluences, the first Salon du Livre in Mauritius in 2013, and the keynote at the sesquicentenary Romain Rolland conference at the University of Paris-Sorbonne in June 2015.

His books include: Where the Dreams Cross: T S Eliot and French Poetry (2000, Macmillan, 2011); The Tower and the Sea: Romain Rolland-Kalidas Nag Correspondence 1922-1938 (1996, Sahitya Akademi 2010); Remembering Sartre (Co-edited, 2007); Time Space Text: Mapping Cultural Paradigms (Co-edited, 2008); La Rochefoucauld’s Maxims (1990); Robin Wood’s The Apu Trilogy; André Gide’s Strait is the Gate (Sahitya Akademi, 1996); Flaubert’s Dictionary of Stupidity (2000); Victor Hugo: A Biography (2003); Between the Centre and the Absence (2003); Chilekothar Unmadini (2007); Garho Sankher Khonje (2011); Anya Jalbatash, Anya Dheu: A Collection of Twentienth Century French Poetry (2010); Aina Bhangte Bhangte: A Book of Conversations with R. K. Dasgupta, Tapan Raychaudhuri, Badal Sircar, Mrinal Sen, Sankha Ghosh, Dipendu Chakrabarty, Gayatri Chakrabarty Spivak (2011) Surer Bandhone: Rabindranather Sange (2016) and Ghumer Darja Thele (2016), a new collection of essays on world literature.

He has edited the works of Father Detienne (2012), Arun Mitra’s essays and translations (2012-2014), co-edited with Sanjukta Dasgupta Breaking the Silence (2011) and Tagore at Home in the World (Sage Publications, 2013), and translated My Chaplin by Mrinal Sen (2015). He has also co-edited Bibidha Prabandha (2016) by R. K. Dasguptaand On the Sea-shore of Humanity, the sesquicentennial volume of University of Calcutta. He is presently working on the Romain Rolland–Tagore correspondence (OUP). He has anchored documentaries of the Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore on, among others, Krittibas’s The Ramayana, Kaliprasanna Sinha and Peary Chand Mitra, Tagore’s Letters, Bibhutibhushan Mukhopadhyay, Buddhadev Bose and Arun Mitra.

His research papers were published in numerous international journals and books including: Cahiers de Brèves, 2003; Europe, 2007; Kritisches Lexikon der fremdsprachigen Gegenwarts-literatur: Indische Literatur der Gegenwart, Germany; 2007; “En quête d’un nouvel espace” in Cahiers de la Société Internationale des Littératures de l’Ere Coloniale, France; “La Guirlande des beaux Accords”, Romain Rolland: Une Oeuvre de Paix, Publications de la Sorbonne, Paris, June 2010; Romain Rolland et l’Inde: un échange fructueux, Editions Universitaires Dijon, 2016.

Awards: Lila Roy Award for Translation, Paschim Banga Bangla Academy, 2008; Chevalier des Palmes académiques, Government of France, 2010. Derozio Bicentenary Award, 2010. Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, 2013. Arun Kumar Chanda Memorial Award, Silchar, 2016.