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PROFESSOR CHINMOY GUHA
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Title : Professor and former Head, Department of English; Coordinator, Ph.D. Programme in English, and DRS (SAP III, Phase III); Chairperson, 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 the historian 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.” For Frank Kermode, “Guha has gone deeper into the French origins of T.S. Eliot than any other commentator I have encountered.”
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. 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, Paris-Diderot, Oxford, Manchester, Warwick, Edinburgh, Worcester and Avignon; at the Journées internationales Romain Rolland in Vézelay, the Ecole Normale Supérieure, Lyon, Académie des Belles Lettres et des Sciences, La Rochelle, France, the Mahatma Gandhi Institute, Mauritius and the Institute of European Studies, Belgrade. He delivered the inaugural address and Plenary Session lectures at Confluences, the Salon du Livre in Mauritius in 2013 and 2014, and the keynote at the sesquicentenary Romain Rolland conference at the University of Paris-Sorbonne in June 2015. He has researched at the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris in 2009 and 2014 on the Impact of France on the Bengali intellectuals of nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
He delivered, among others, the Convocation address at the School of Languages, Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture (2018), Vidyasagar Memorial Lecture at Paschim Banga Bangla Academy (2018), Maharshi Debendranath Tagore Memorial Lecture at Visva-Bharati University (2017), Jayantanuj Bandyopodhyay Memorial Lecture at Jadavpur University (2016), Dilip Kumar Roy Memorial Lecture at Aurobindo Institute of Culture and Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture (2015), Bipin Chandra Pal Memorial Lecture, Silchar (2015), Aswini Datta Memorial Conversation with Gopalkrishna Gandhi at Gandhian Studies Centre, University of Calcutta (2014), Birendra Chattopadhyay Memorial Lecture (2014), the keynote address at the DRS conference of Visva-Bharati (2019) and the Orientation Course of Jadavpur University (2017). He participated in the Jaipur Bookmark (2018, 2019), Mauritius Salon du Livre (2013, 2014), Dhaka Lit Fest (2016), Kolkata Literary Meet, Apeejay Literature Festival and Kolkata Literature Festival and Toledo, Deutscher Ubersetzerfonds.
His books include: Where the Dreams Cross: T S Eliot and French Poetry (2000, Macmillan, 2011; Primus Books, 2019); 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); Stage and Screen: Representations and Self-Discoveries (Co-edited, 2017), Connecting Texts: Literature, Theatre and Cinema (Co-edited, 2016), 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: Conversations with R. K. Dasgupta, Tapan Raychaudhuri, Badal Sircar, Mrinal Sen, Sankha Ghosh, Mahasweta Devi, Buddhadev Dasgupta, Dipendu Chakrabarty, Gayatri Chakrabarty Spivak (2011, 2019), Surer Bandhone: Rabindranather Sange (2016), and two collections of essays on world literature: Ghumer Darja Thele (2016), and Hey Ananta Nakkhatrabithi (2018). His most recent work is Bridging East and West: Rabindranath Tagore and Romain Rolland Correspondence 1919-1940, Oxford University Press (2018).
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. Dasgupta and On the Sea-shore of Humanity, the sesquicentennial volume of University of Calcutta (2012). He has anchored seven documentaries of the Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore on Krittibas’s The Ramayana, Kaliprasanna Sinha and Peary Chand Mitra, Tagore’s Letters, Bibhutibhushan Mukhopadhyay, Buddhadev Bose and Arun Mitra; and two documentaries of National Film Development Corporation on Mrinal Sen and Kalidas Nag.
His research papers in English, French and German were published in 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: : Knight of Palmes académiques, Ministry of National Education, Government of France, 2010. Knight of Arts and Letters, Ministry of Culture, Government of France, 2013. Charles Wallace India Trust Fellowships to Cambridge in 1992, Oxford in 1995, and Oxford, Manchester and Warwick University in 2001. Lila Ray Award for Translation, Paschim Banga Bangla Academy, 2008; Derozio Bicentenary Award, 2010. Arun Kumar Chanda Memorial Award, Silchar, 2015. Vidyasagar Puroshkar, Paschim Banga Bangla Academy, 2017.
Member of the Jury (present and past): : International jury of Romain Rolland Award, Institut français de l’Inde, since 2018. Sahitya Akademi Award, Sahitya Akademi Yuva and Translation Awards. Saraswati Samman.