PROFESSOR CHINMOY GUHA
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.