Faculty Member

Ananya Dutta Gupta
Assistant Professor Stage (II/III) 
in English
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Department
DEOMEL

Date of Birth 1st August 1974

Contact:
Office:
Department of English & Other Modern European Languages,
Visva-Bharati,
Santiniketan 731 235
Residence: H/O Jayanta Mete, Simantapally, Santiniketan-731235
E-mail: ananya_duttagupta@yahoo.co.uk
Landline: +91 3463 264643+91 3463 264643
Mobile: +91 94341 42520+91 94341 42520

Educational Qualification:
MA, Eng (JU), M.Phil. (Oxon.),Ph.D. (English, JU)

Awards / Honours:
1998: Goethe Institut scholarship to pursue advanced German languages course in Germany.
1999: Qualified UGC-NET Junior Research Fellowship and Lectureship.
1999: Felix scholarship to read for the M.Phil. in English at Oxford.
2001: First rank in the merit panel of selected lecturers in English under University of Kolkata drawn up for the year 2001-2002.

Teaching Experience:
8 years in a substantive position, of which 7 and a ½ at this university; 10 years in various part-time or full-time temporary college and university positions.

Research Areas:
War and Society in the Literature of England and Europe, 1500-1625; history of ideas, Classical and Renaissance; Elizabethan Prose Fiction, Renaissance Scepticism in its philosophical and literary ramifications – roots of twentieth-century Existentialism and Absurdism in the philosophy of the Renaissance – the philosophy of friendship in Classical and Renaissance philosophy and its English literary manifestations – the interface of literature and the visual arts in the Renaissance – social history of Tudor England – Thomas More, Francis Bacon, Mary Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle and Renaissance utopias.

Representative Publications: (between 5 and 10):
• ‘The Idea of Service in Milton’s Poetry’, Bulletin of the Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, ed. Swami Prabhananda (Associate Editor: Visvanath Chatterjee), Vol. LIII No.10, October, 2002, pp.424-433.
• ‘An Aborted Siege: Shakespeare’s Critique of War in Timon of Athens’, Shakespeare Yearly Souvenir 2003, ed. Goutam Ghoshal, Santiniketan: Sri Aurobindo Study Centre, 2003, pp. 27-29.
• ‘Friendship in Early Modern English Literature: Received Ideas and Social Reality’, apperception, the journal of the Department of English and Other Modern European Languages, Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan, vol. 1, February 2004, pp. 68-74.
• ‘Hamlet and the Idea of Suicide in Early Modern Society and Literature’, Shakespeare Yearly Souvenir 2003, ed. Goutam Ghoshal, Santiniketan: Sri Aurobindo Study Centre, 2004, pp.26-34.
• ‘Thomas Nashe, Thomas Deloney and Bakhtin’s Theory of the Carnivalesque’, Essays and Studies, XVIII, ed. Sajni Mukherjee, Kolkata: Jadavpur University, 2004, 23-40.
• ‘Teaching English Literature Here and Now: Some Confessions and Conjectures’, Hyderabad: Osmania University, 2007.
• ‘The Itinerant Humorist: Mark Twain’s Innocents Abroad’, Calcutta University Journal of English Literature’s Special Commemorative Volume on the Late Professor Kajal Sengupta. Kolkata: Calcutta University, 2007.

Song as Spectacle: Performance and Reception of Rabindrasangeet Today’, Sangeet Natak, Special Issue: Rabindranath’s East-West Encounters: Performing and Visual Arts, Volume XLVI, Nos.1-4, 2012, ed. Abhijit Sen & Saurav Dasthakur. ISSN0972-494X
 ‘A postcolonial Areopagitica: A note on Rukmini Bhaya Nair’s Poetry in a Time of Terror’, Humanities Circle, International Journal of Central University of Kerala, India, Vol.01, Issue 01, January 2013, ed. Vellikkeel Raghavan ISSN 2321-8010
 ‘apperception’, Journal of the Department of English & Other Modern European Languages, Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan, Vol. VI, ed. Ananya Dutta Gupta & Swati Ganguly, Santiniketan: Visva-Bharati, 2013. ISSN 2321-1261
 ‘Understanding India: The Cultural Politics of Contemporary Anglo-American Travel Writing about India’, The Visva-Bharati Quarterly, Vol. 20, Nos. 3 & 4 & Vol. 21, Nos. 1& 2, October 2011-September 2012, ed. Tapati Mukhopadhyay & Amrit Sen, Santiniketan: Visva-Bharati, 2013. ISSN 0972-043X
 ‘The Renaissance Revisited: Reading Rushdie’s Enchantress of Florence’ in Critical Imprints, Volume I, Inaugural Issue of the journal of the Department of English, Loreto College, Kolkata, 2012. ISSN 2319-4774
 Spenser, Edmund: The Faerie Queene. Book I. Ed. M.C. Jussawalla. Extensively revised with Commentary and New Introduction by Ananya Dutta Gupta. Orient Blackswan Annotated Study Texts. Hyderabad: Orient Blackswan, 2012. ISBN 978 81 250-4030 9
 Bhattacharya, Malini, ‘Nandini of Jakshapuri’ and ‘The Crisis of Civilisation’, transl. Ananya Dutta Gupta in Sen, Abhijit & Swati Ganguly eds. Tagore and the Nation. Kolkata: Punashcha, 2011.
  ‘The Itinerant Humorist: Mark Twain’s Innocents Abroad’, Special Commemorative Volume in honour of Professor Kajal Sen Gupta, Calcutta University Journal of English Literature, 2007.
 ‘Thomas Nashe, Thomas Deloney and Bakhtin’s Theory of the Carnivalesque’, Essays and Studies, XVIII, ed. Sajni Mukherjee, Kolkata: Jadavpur University, 2004, 23-40.
  ‘Friendship in Early Modern English Literature: Received Ideas and Social Reality’, apperception, Journal of the Department of English and Other Modern European Languages, Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan, vol. 1, February 2004, pp. 68-74.

Other Academic Work:
Contemporary British and American travel-writing about India, the poetry of John Donne and John Milton, the fiction of Isabel Allende, the travel writings of Mark Twain, etc.

Other Interests / Activities:
Rabindrasangeet (broadcasting artist on AIR, Kolkata), travel writing, book review.

Other Recent Academic Activity

Convenor, UGC-DRS (SAP) International Seminar on Beyond Gitanjali: Tagore, Poetry and Poetics, Department of English & OMEL, Visva-Bharati, 14-17 February 2012.

Chairperson, academic session on Tagore as Translator, UGC-DRS International Seminar on Tagore and Translation, Department of English & OMEL, Visva-Bharati, 17 February 2012.

Seminar Director, one-day UGC-sponsored state-level seminar on Children’s Literature: Sense and Nonsense, 29 January 2012.

Seminar Convenor, two-day UGC-sponsored national seminar on The Renaissance and its Afterlives, 18-19 September 2010.