Faculty Member

Dr Debarati Bandyopadhyay
Professor
in English, Visva-Bharati
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Department
DEOMEL

Date of Birth January 12, 1973

Contact Address:
Office: Department of English and Other Modern European Languages, Visva-Bharati,
Santiniketan-731235.
Residence: Flat F, Nabaneer, Ratanpally, Santiniketan-731235.

E-mail: abdebarati@gmail.com
abdebarati@rediffmail.com

Landline: No Landline
Mobile: 94343263149434326314

Educational Qualification:
Ph.D in English in 2004 from Calcutta University. Thesis was on “Melancholy Impressions: Re-reading Thomas Hardy’s Major Novels”

Awards / Honours:
Certificate of National Scholarship for result in Madhyamik (Secondary Exam), 1988.
University Research Fellowship on the basis of MA (English) result of Calcutta University, tenable from1996.
Post-Doctoral Fellowship for two years from January 1, 2010 (to work on Ecocriticism)at RabindraNath Tagore Centre for Human Development Studies under Institute of Development Studies Kolkata (IDSK), Calcutta University.

Teaching Experience:
12 years. Joined Visva-Bharati as Lecturer in March1998 and Reader (Open post) in November 2005.

Research Areas:
Nineteenth-century Literature, Ecocriticism, Indian Writing in English, Rabindranath Tagore, Margaret Atwood, Translation, and Diaspora Studies.

Representative Publications:
1. Melancholy Impressions: Re-reading Thomas Hardy’s Major Novels. Kolkata: Fine Prints, 2009.ISBN: 978-81-906889-5-6.
2. “Modernism in Sight: Tagore’s Insight.” Visva-Bharati Quarterly New Series 17.3&4and 18.1&2(2009): 19-23. ISSN: 0972-043X
3. “Negotiating Borders of Culture: Jhumpa Lahiri’s Fiction.” Journal of Literature, Culture and Media Studies (a Multidisciplinary International Referred Journal) 1(2009): 97-108. ISSN: 0974-7192
4. “Teaching Margaret Atwood.” English Studies, Indian Perspectives Ed. Makarand Paranjape et al. New Delhi: Mantra Books in collaboration with Jawaharlal Nehru University, 2006. ISBN: 81-902304-3-3.
5. “Salman Rushdie and the Metaphors of Postcolonialism” Sri Lanka Journal of Humanities (An International Refereed Journal) 31.1&2(2005): 85-94.ISSN: 0378-486X.
6. “Translation as Travel across Cultures: From Homer to Omeros.” Apperception (Journal of DEOMEL, Visva-Bharati ) 4(2009):28-37.
7. “Responses to The Arabian Nights: Shakespeare, Dickens and Poe.” Journal of the Department of English, Calcutta University (Prof. Kajal Sengupta Memorial Volume) 33.1&2(2007): 40-52.
8. “Tagore as a Postmodern Storyteller.” Muse India: the Literary E-Journal 1.1(2005). ISSN: 0975-1815.

Other Academic Work:
Presented papers at national and international Seminars and Conferences, in India and abroad, organized by Universities and reputed organizations like ACLALS, MELUS-MELOW, Forum on Contemporary Thought, All India English Teachers’ Association etc. Convened seminars at DEOMEL, Visva-Bharati. Delivered Refresher Course and other invited lectures at Calcutta University.
Supervised [with Prof. Sukla Basu(Sen)] Ph.D Thesis on “Representations of Evil in Selected Novels and Their Film Versions”. Degree granted, will be awarded at next Convocation of Visva-Bharati.
Published a number of translations(from English to Bengali), reviews and scholarly articles on literature in reputed Bengali little magazines like Ikshan, Ebang Mushayera, Harappa, Ebang Anyakatha and Dibaratrir Kabya in the last 10 years.

Other Interests:
Writing fiction and poetry in Bengali and English, translating fiction, and fabric-painting.

Awards/Honours: 
Awarded University Research Fellowship in 1996 on the basis of MA (English) result of Calcutta University.
Awarded Post-Doctoral Fellowship for two years from January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2011 to work on Ecocriticism and Development (with emphasis on Tagore and Indian Literature in English and in Translation) at Rabindranath Tagore Centre for Human Development Studies (Sponsored by UGC) under Institute of Development Studies Kolkata and Calcutta University.

TeachingExperience:
16 years. Joined Visva-Bharati as Lecturer in 1998, Reader (open post) in 2005 and became Professor in 2012.

ResearchAreas: 
Nineteenth-century Literature, Ecocriticism, Indian Writing in English, Rabindranath Tagore, Margaret Atwood, Translation, and Postcolonial Studies.

Representative Publications:

  1. Books
    Melancholy Impressions: Re-reading Thomas Hardy’s Major Novels. Kolkata: Fine Prints, 2009. ISBN: 978-81-906889-5-6.
  1. Articles
    1. Exploring Literary Ecology of Place in ‘New’ Nature Writing” in Toward a Literary Ecology: Places and Spaces in American Literature ed. Karen E. Waldron and Rob Friedman. Lanham /Toronto/ Plymouth, UK: Scarecrow- Rowman and Littlefield, 2013. pp.145-162. ISBN: 978-0-8108-9197-5
    2. Ethics in The Penelopiad” in Inhabited by Stories: Critical Essays on Tales Retold ed. Nancy A. Barta-Smith and Danette DiMarco. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, 2012. pp. 174-193. ISBN: 978-1-4438-4153-5
    3.  “Frail and/or Indomitable: Representation of the Female Body in Sarojini Naidu’s Poetry” in Writing the Body: Studies in the Self-images of Women in Indian English Poetry ed. Arnab Bhattacharya. The Arts in Society series. Champaign, Illinois: Common Ground, 2013. pp. 21-31. ISBN: 978-1-61229-325-7
    4. “Tagore, Environment and Ecology: a Place-Space Dynamics” in Tagore – At Home in the World ed. Sanjukta Dasgupta and Chinmoy Guha. New Delhi: Sage, 2013. pp. 305-316. ISBN: 978-81-321-1084-2
    5. “Globalized Transactions and Syncretism: Evaluating Jhumpa Lahiri’s Fiction” in Literary Transactions in a Globalized Context: Multi-ethnicity, Gender and the Marketplace ed. Himadri Lahiri. Delhi: Worldview, 2011. pp. 85-94. ISBN: 978-8186423-18-9
    6. “Teaching Margaret Atwood” in English Studies, Indian Perspectives Ed. Makarand Paranjape et al. New Delhi: Mantra Books in collaboration with Jawaharlal Nehru University, 2006. ISBN: 81-902304-3-3.
    7. “Salman Rushdie and the Metaphors of Postcolonialism” Sri Lanka Journal of Humanities 31.1&2(2005): 85-94.ISSN: 0378-486X.
    8. “Translation as Travel across Cultures: From Homer to OmerosApperception (Journal of DEOMEL, Visva-Bharati ) 4(2009):28-37. ISSN: 2321-1261

9.    “Modernism in Sight: Tagore’s Insight.” Visva-Bharati Quarterly New Series
17.3&4and 18.1&2 (2009): 19-23. ISSN: 0972-043X

Other Academic Work:
Occasional Paper 24 Arundhati Roy: Environment and Literary Activism of the Institute of Development Studies Kolkata was published in April 2011.
Presented papers at national and international seminars and conferences, in India and abroad, organized by Universities and reputed organizations like ACLALS, MELUS-MELOW, Forum on Contemporary Thought, All India English Teachers’ Association etc.
Convened seminars and conferences at DEOMEL, Visva-Bharati.
Delivered Refresher Course and other invited lectures at various universities and centres.
Evaluated dissertations of various universities
Published a number of translations(from English to Bengali), reviews and scholarly articles on literature in reputed Bengali little magazines like Ikshan, Ebang Mushayera, Harappa, Ebang Anyakatha and Dibaratrir Kabya  

Other Interests/Activities:
Writing fiction and poetry in Bengali and English and translating works of fiction.
Member of professional associations like Indian Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (Life), MELUS-India/MELOW(Life) and Forum on Contemporary Thought(Life)