Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

Sayan Chattopadhyay

Room: 405

Short CV

He is an assistant professor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur where he teaches English literature, critical theory, and communication studies. He received his doctorate degree in 2014 from the University of Cambridge and his master's degree from the University of Calcutta. His research has been primarily in the area of Indian middle-class self-fashioning and its literary manifestations. For the past few years, he has been working on twentieth-century Indian writers like Cornelia Sorabji, Nirad C. Chaudhuri, and Dom Moraes who, in spite of being born and brought up in the Indian subcontinent, sought to fashion themselves as "English". By focussing on a wide variety of texts, which range from autobiographies and travelogues to fiction and poetry, his research explores the innovative attempts of these writers to interpret their personal histories along with the history of India to lay claim to an "English" identity, and negotiate the unbridgeable gap that separated the British from the Indians within the structure of colonialism. As part of the Baden-Wrttemberg Research Fellowship, Chattopadhyay is working on two articles which are provisionally titled "Imitation and Interiority: Exploring the Idea of "Anukaran" in the Writings of Bankimchandra Chattopadhyay" and "Fantasy of a Foreign Indianness: A Reading of Rabindranath Tagore's Gora".

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