DRS- ENGLISH DEPARTMENT
In the year 2002-2003 the University Grants Commission accepted as one of its five-year Special Assistance Programmes (SAP), our Department’s proposal for conducting in-depth research on the Literary and Cultural Interface between Bengal and Britain in the nineteenth and twentieth century. Our Departments qualifies as a Department of Research Support (DRS). This award is recognition of the unique contribution of Bengal to the cultural Paradigms that have shaped modern India. The Submitted progress report and the DRS related publications delineate the successful academic engagements related to the thrust area. In Phase-II of the programme (2007-2012) we wish to continue with the existing thrust area of Phase-I.
The primary aim is to continue with the project guidelines of DRS Phase-I (2002-2007) which were:
- to conduct original research in this field.
- To evolve foundational theory in this field.
- to edit, translate and publish/reprint little known books/ magazines from this period.
- to make new research material available to scholars through cataloguing and digital archiving of little known library holdings in this field.
- To conduct conferences, seminar and workshops.
In the next phase, while continuing with the previous research areas, spanning two centuries of literary and cultural productions, the following arenas of interest addressing cultural appropriation, hybrid identities and acculturation, that are directly allied to the thrust area will also be included-
- Banned literature during the 19th and 20th centuries.
- Memories, letters and diaries – to be translated and/or (re)printed, if already published.
- Research on Anglo-Indians in Bengal: Literature and Film.
- Missionaries in Bengal- church documents, literary and non-literary writing.
- Resistance Literature and anti-Colonialism including Bengal Partition.
- British settlers in India/Bengal and migrant Bengalis in Britain in the 19th and 20th centuries- Literature and Film.
- Gender perspectives and Standpoint in Colonial and Postcolonial Bengal: Literature and Film.
List of Conferences, Seminars, Workshops and Talks in Phase – I
- National Conference-‘Representations of the ‘Raj: Meditations,Interventions,Negotiations’
- Talk by William Dalrymple: ‘White Mughals’
- Annual International Conference-‘Home and the World: Literary and Cultural Encounters in Colonial and Post Colonial India’
- International Seminar in association with The Asiatic Society- ‘The Politics of Value: Indian Art and the Imperial Gaze’
- Annual Inter-University M.A and M.Phil Students’ Seminar-‘Literature and Culture:Post-Colonial Perspectives’
- Talk by Prof. Robert Young(U. of Oxford)-“Translator, Traitor :Post-Colonialism as Translation’
- Annual International Conference-‘Reviewing Culture and Imperialism’
- Annual Inter-University M.A and M.Phil Students’ Seminar-‘East-West Encounters’
- Talk by Prof. Geraldine Forbes(SUNY)-History and Photography: How Families Photographed their Women’
- Annual International Conference-‘ Tagore and Modernity’
- Talk by Prof.Clinton Seely (University of Chicago) in association with The Asiatic Society-‘Winds of Change: Michael Madhusudan Datta and The Slaying of Meghnada’
- Talk by Amitav Ghosh on his own fiction
- National Conference-‘Translation and Interculturality’ organized in collaboration with CIIL, Mysore
- Annual Inter-University M.A and M.Phil Students’ Seminar-‘British Literature and the Imperial Experience’
- Interactive Workshop- Theoretical Encounters : Teaching British Literature and Indian Writing in English
- Talk by Prof. Julius Lipner from the University of Cambridge – “ On translating Bankim Chandra”
- National Seminar “ Remembering Jean - Paul Sartre”
- Annual International Conference - “ Imperial Constructions and Indigenous Self- Fashioning”
- International Conference - “ Globalisation and Post Colonial Writing : An Australia - India Exchange” in collaboration with Monash University, Australia
- Talk by the Mexican novelist Jorge Volpi on “Myth, Magic and History in Mexican Fiction”
- State Level M.A and M.Phil Students Seminar on “Multiculturalism in Contemporary British Literature and Culture”
- Teachers Workshop on “ Reading and Teaching Indian Literature in Translation”
- Talk by the Mexican author Edmee Pardo – Contemporary Women’s Writing in Mexico.
- Talk by Professor Theresa M. Kelly, University of Wisconsin on “Clandestine Marriages : The Case for Indian Botanical Art”
- Annual International Seminar “Nationalism, Transnationalism and Literature”
- Centennary Seminar – “ Reinventing English Studies in the Twenty First Century”
- Workshop on Australian Literature – “Reading and Teaching Texts from Australia.”
- Talk by Professor Tim Youngs (Nottingham Trent University and Director of the Centre for Travel Studies) on “Making it Move : Writing and Reading Travel Texts”
- Annual State Level Inter University M.A and M.Phil Students Seminar : “ India Through British Eyes”
DEPARTMENTAL PUBLICATIONS IN THE THRUST AREA DRS PHASE-I
2004 Revisiting the Raj ed. Jharna Sanyal and Krishna Sen (Kolkata: Dasgupta & Co.)
2006 Tagore and Modernity ed. Krishna Sen and Tapati Gupta (Kolkata : Dasgupta & Co.)
2007 Context Text Intertext: Colonial and Postcolonial PerspectivesEd. Krishna Sen and Tapati Gupta ( Kolkata: Dasgupta & Co.)
2007 Youth versus Raj by Sona Roy(Kolkata: Dasgupta & Co.)
STUDENTS’ SEMINAR PUBLICATIONS
2003 Literature and Culture: Postcolonial Perspectives
2004 East-West Encounters
2005 British Literature and the Imperial Experience
2006 Multiculturalism in Contemporary British Literature and Culture
2007 India through British Eyes
SEMINARS AND CONFERENCES DRS (SAP-III) PHASE-II (2007-2008)
- Annual State-level M.A. and M.Phil Students’ Seminar, February 20, 2008
‘1857-Resistance through Film and Literature’
- Departmental Seminar with faculty and eminent resource persons on February 25, 2008
‘Revisiting Contact Zones: The Bengal Britain Connection’.
- Departmental Seminar with faculty and eminent resource persons on March 04, 2008
‘Voice and Vision : Theatre and Screen Focus: Bengal
ONGOING PROJECTS BY FACULTY
| 1. Editing ‘Bengal Peasant Life’ by Lal Behari Day
2. Translating: a) Ashapurna Devi’s Stories on widows
b) Saratchandra Chattopadhyay’s Narir Mulya
c) Partition Stories from Bangla.
| 1. Representation of Women and Women Actors in Early Bengali Cinema.
| 1. Ibsen, Chekov and Brecht in Bengal: Negotiating Differences.
Sl. Grade Lecturer
| 1. Sister Nivedita’s Letters written between1898-1911.
|1.Religious Theories of Consciousness and the Early Modern
Bengali Novel: An Investigation of the Impact of Canonical
| 1.Reviving Panchali
ONGOING RESEARCH PROJECTS BY STUDENTS
DRS (SAP-III) PHASE-II
- A project on Ashapurna devi