Teachers' Profile
Teachers' Profile
Title : Professor and former Head, Department of English; Chair, M.Phil. Studies, 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)
Office : Asutosh Building, 2nd floor;
Office Hours : After classes, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thurs; or by appointment


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 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.”

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, Oxford, Manchester, Warwick, Edinburgh, Worcester, Avignon, at the Journées internationales Romain Rolland in Vézelay, France, and the Mahatma Gandhi Institute, Mauritius. He gave the inaugural address on behalf of the authors at Confluences, the first Salon du Livre in Mauritius in 2013.

His books include: Where the Dreams Cross: T S Eliot and French Poetry (2000); The Tower and the Sea: Romain Rolland-Kalidas Nag Correspondence 1922-1938 (1996); 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; Flaubert’s Dictionary of Stupidity (2000); Chilekothar Unmadini, a Collection of Essays on Culture (2007); Garho Sankher Khonje (2011); Between the Centre and the Absence (2003); Anya Jalbatash, Anya Dheu: A Collection of Twentienth Century French Poetry (2010); Victor Hugo: A Biography (2003), 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). He has recently edited the works of Father Detienne (2012), co-edited with Sanjukta Dasgupta Tagore at Home in the World (2013).

His essays were published in: Kritisches Lexikon der fremdsprachigen Gegenwarts-literatur: Indische Literatur der Gegenwart, Edition text+ kritik in Richard Boorberg Verlag GmbH & Co KG, Germany; 2007: En quête d’un nouvel espace: Romain Rolland et l’Inde 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. A co-author of 2009: La „Weltbibliothek“ et la Maison des amis, un projet de Romain Rolland, Etudes Rollandiennes, No 21 , Paris, 2009.

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.