Faculty Member

 

 

Abhijit Sen
Professor of English
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Department
DEOMEL

Date of Birth 22 January 1956

Contact:
Office: Department of English & Other Modern European Languages,
Visva-Bharati,
Santiniketan 731 235
Residence: New “B” Type Flat: 51
Andrewspalli
Santiniketan 731 235
Kolkata Residence: 1/41 Shivmandir Road
Brahmapur
Kolkata 700 096.
E-mail: abhijitsen51@yahoo.co.in
Landline: +91 3463 264475+91 3463 264475
Mobile: +91 94334 68569+91 94334 68569

Educational Qualification:
MA, Eng (JU), Ph.D (JU)

Awards / Honours:
1979: Awarded university gold medal for standing first in the first-class in MA Final examinations.
1999: Awarded Charles Wallace Trust funding to attend
International conference at Oxford University and pursue research work at Oxford/Stratford/London.

Teaching Experience:
29 years in a substantive position, of which 22 years at this university; 7 years prior to that at Vijaygarh Jyotish Ray College, Kolkata; appointment through WB College Service Commission. Also did part-time assignments at Kalyani University (Feb – July 1981) and at Calcutta University (August 1981 – 1991).

Research Areas:
Renaissance Studies (specially Shakespearean Theatre); Theatre Studies; Rabindranath Tagore (particularly his drama/theatre).

Representative Publications: (between 5 and 10):
Books:
Edition of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, edited with Introduction and Annotations (New Delhi: Pearson Longman, 2009).
Papers and articles:
1.“In Search of a New Language for Theatre”, India Perspectives. Ed. Navdeep Suri, Guest ed. Udaya Narayana Singh, vol. 24, no. 2/2010 (New Delhi: Ministry of External Affairs publication, 2010): 38-45.
2.“Wordsworth and Annette Vallon: love, politics, poetry”, Romanticism and its Legacies, ed. Ralla Guha Neogi (Kolkata: Fine Prints in collaboration with Basanti Devi College, Kolkata, 2009): 50-62.
3.“ ‘Anya kotha, anya konkhane’: Nirbashita Dante-r parikrama”, Parikatha, Calcutta (May 2009): 29-50.
4. “Fatal Visions in Macbeth”, Renaissance Themes: Essays presented to Arun Kumar Dasgupta, ed. Sukanta Chaudhuri (London, New York, New Delhi: Anthem Press, 2009): 98-112.
5.“Jesus of The New Testament: History, Myth, Faith”, The Word and the World, ed. Sukanya Dasgupta & Mangala Gauri Ramani Chakravarty (Kolkata: Loreto College, 2009): 57-76.
6.“ Silences in Shakespeare’s Plays”, Literary Cascades, festschrift for Prof. B.Gopal Rao, ed. G. Thirupathi Kumar (New Delhi: Research India Press, 2008): 6-17
7. “Cross-cultural Encounters on the Bengali Stage: In Search of a New Theatre Semiology?”, JSL, Journal of the School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies, Spring 2007, ed. G.J.V. Prasad (New Delhi: Jawaharlal Nehru University, 2007): 16-27.
8.“Tagore’s English Poetry: translation, trancreation, transculturation”, Osmania Journal of English Studies, ed. B. Gopal Rao, vol. I, no. 2 (December 2006): 124-159.
9.“Shakespeare, performance, context: Macbeths in Africa and India”, Essays and Studies, XVIII, ed. Sukanta Chaudhuri and Swapan Chakravorty (Kolkata: Jadavpur University, 2003): 31-42.
10.“‘Scenes’ from Twentieth-Century European Theatre”, Phases of Twentieth Century Literature in English, ed. Pranati Dutta Gupta (Kolkata: Vivekananda College, Department of English, Thakurpukur, 2003): 279-296.
11. “Some Shakespearean Negotiations in the Indian Theatres”, Colonial and Postcolonial Shakespeares (Papers and proceedings of the World Shakespeare Conference, Calcutta 2000) ed. Amitava Roy, Krishna Sen & Debnarayan Bandyopadhyay (Calcutta: Avantgarde Press, 2001): 202-216.
12.“Folk Theatre and Rabindranath: Setting the Scene” in West Bengal, a special number on Rabindranath Tagore, vol XLII, no. 10-11 (May-June 2000): 64-71.

Other Academic Work:
1. Translation work, including a recent English translation of Tagore’s Tasher Desh as Kingdom of Cards, in Essential Tagore, ed. Fakrul Alam & Radha Chakravarty (Harvard University Press): [in press].
2. External member of Boards of Studies/ Research Committees of different universities like Jadavpur University, Calcutta University, Kalyani University, WB State University Barasat, Presidency College/University.

Other Interests / Activities:
Theatre; an active member/director of a theatre troupe in Kolkata which has produced among other plays Tagore’s Visarjan, Raja and Tasher Desh; Buddhadeva Bose’s Pata Jhorey Jay and Sankranti; Mohan Rakesh’s Asharer ek din (Bengali translation of Ashar ka ek din) and Fernando Arrabal’s Juddhekshetre picnic (Bengali adaptation of A Picnic on the Battlefield). Has also worked with students and colleagues in the department, primarily with Shakespeare’s plays.

Books/Journals:

  1. Edition of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, edited with Introduction and Annotations (New Delhi: Pearson Longman, 2009).
  2. Guest Editor, Sangeet Natak, vol. XLVI, nos. 1-4, 2011: Special issue on ‘Rabindranath’s East-West Encounters; Performance and Visual Arts’. New Delhi: Sangeet Natak Akademi, 2013. ISSN 0972-494X.
  3. Co-edited with Swati Ganguly, Rabindranath Tagore and the Nation: Essays in Politics, Society and Culture. Kolkata: Punascha & Visva-Bharati, 2011. ISBN 817332482-4.

Papers and articles:

  1.  “In Search of a ‘New’ Language for the Bengali Theatre”, Rabindranath Tagore: A Commemorative Volume. Ed. Udaya Narayana Singh. New Delhi, Public Diplomacy Division, Ministry External Affairs, GOI, 2011: 202-213.
  2. “The Author as Actor: Rabindranath Tagore as a Theatre Practitioner”, The Poet and his World: Critical Essays on Rabindranath Tagore. Ed. Mohamad A. Quayum. Hyderabad, Orient Blackswan, 2011: 185-198. ISBN 978-81-250-4319-5.
  3.  “Fatal Visions in Macbeth”, Renaissance Themes: Essays presented to Arun Kumar Dasgupta. Ed. Sukanta Chaudhuri. London, New York, New Delhi: Anthem Press, 2009: 98-112.
  4. “Jesus of The New Testament: History, Myth, Faith”, The Word and the World. Ed. Sukanya Dasgupta and Mangala Gauri Ramani Chakravarty. Kolkata: Loreto College, 2009: 57-76.
  5.  “Cross-cultural Encounters on the Bengali Stage: In Search of a New Theatre Semiology?”, JSL, Journal of the School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies. Ed. G.J.V. Prasad. New Delhi: Jawaharlal Nehru University, (Spring 2007): 16-27.
  6. “Tagore’s English Poetry: translation, trancreation, transculturation”, Osmania Journal of English Studies. Ed. B. Gopal Rao, vol. I, no. 2 (December 2006): 124-159.         
  7. “Shakespeare, performance, context: Macbeths in Africa and India”, Essays and Studies, XVIII. Ed. Sukanta Chaudhuri and Swapan Chakravorty. Kolkata: Jadavpur University, 2003: 31-42.