Baidik Bhattacharya
Assistant Professor
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Phone Number: (91) 11-27666757
Office No: 44, Arts Faculty, North Campus
Preferred Contact hours: By appointment

D.Phil. (Oxon. 2007), M.Phil. (JNU, 2002), M.A. (JNU, 2000), B.A. (NBU, 1997)


My current research encompasses two major areas – the future of postcolonial writing in the age of globalization, and a re-theorization of the role of modern empires in shaping the codes and conventions of modern literary cultures. I am currently developing a book-length project to investigate the first theme, and I am working on a set of articles to explore the second. I also work on key intellectual figures who influenced postcolonial thought in the second half of the twentieth century (I have co-edited a book called The Postcolonial Gramsci, published by Routledge in 2011); on the complex and contiguous histories of the empire in order to understand the genealogies of the modern; and on popular culture in both Britain and India in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Areas of interest/research:

Postcolonial Studies, Critical Theory, Literature and Empire (19th and 20th centuries), Literature and Social Sciences, Popular Culture in Britain and India (19th and 20th centuries), English Novel

Courses taught:

Literary Criticism I

European Comedy

Honours, awards, appointments:

Lecturer, School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics, Newcastle University, 2006-2010

Principal investigator of a Leverhulme Visiting Professorship grant (2008). Amount granted £54,000

Co-investigator of a Leverhulme Research Network grant for three years (2008-11) on “Postcolonial Translation: The Case of South Asia.” This network will involve academics from Newcastle, London and Delhi. Amount granted £66,000

Felix Scholarship for a D Phil at the Faculty of English Language and Literature, University of Oxford, 2002-2005

Representative publications:

"Reading Rancière: Literature at the Limit of World Literature," New Literary History (forthcoming, 2017)

“On comparatism in the colony: Archives, methods, and the project of Weltliteratur,” Critical Inquiry, 42 (Spring, 2016)
Baidik Bhattacharya, "Somapolitics: A biohermeneutic paradigm in the era of empire," boundary 2

Baidik Bhattacharya and Neelam Srivastava, "Who Owns Gramsci? Response to Timothy Brennan," Postcolonial Studies, Vol. 16, No. 1(2013)

"Problematizing realism in early Bengali novels: The prehistory of a narrative convention in Bankimchandra Chattopadhyay's Bishbriksha (The Poison Tree, 1872-3)," South Asian Review, Vol. 32, No. 1 (2012). Special issue on Realism in South Asia.

"VS Naipaul and Fictions of Subaltern Diaspora," South Asian Review, Vol. 32, No 3 (2011). Special issue on South Asian diaspora.

"The Secular alliance: Gramsci, Said, and the Postcolonial Question" in Baidik Bhattacharya and Neelam Srivastava (eds) The Postcolonial Gramsci (New York: Routledge, 2011)

Baidik Bhattacharya and Neelam Srivastava, "Introduction: The postcolonial Gramsci" in Baidik Bhattacharya and Neelam Srivastava (eds) The Postcolonial Gramsci (New York: Routledge, 2011)

Baidik Bhattacharya and Neelam Srivastava (eds) The Postcolonial Gramsci (New York: Routledge, 2011)

“Public Penology: Postcolonial Biopolitics and a Death in Alipur Central Jail, Calcutta,” Postcolonial Studies, Vol. 12, No. 1 (2009)

“Naipaul’s New World: Postcolonial Modernity and the Enigma of Belated Space,” Novel: A Forum on Fiction, Vol. 39, No. 2 (2006)

“Jokes Apart: Orientalism, (Post)colonial Parody, and the Moment of Laughter,” Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Vol. 8, No. 2 (2006)