SUBARNO CHATTARJI, Associate Professor, DPhil (Oxon.)

Subarno Chattarji
Associate Professor
Telephone No: 0129-4117905
Preferred Contact hours: Friday 10 am – 12 noon


DPhil (Oxon 1999), MPhil (Delhi 1991), MA (Delhi 1988), BA (Delhi 1986)


My research centred around and continues to focus on literary representations of the Vietnam War. While my first book dealt with American poetic responses to the war, I am now working on Vietnamese-American memorializations of that conflict. I am fascinated by the ways in which this body of immigrant/exile writing reconfigures Vietnam from predominantly conservative American points of view while attempting to recuperate specifically South Vietnamese histories. I have been writing on media and the war on terror as well as the mediatization of conflict in India and Pakistan. This seems to fit in with my general interest in war and conflict. I do occasionally deal with more cheerful subjects such as the impact of globalization in India or India’s obsessive relationship with China.

Areas of interest/research

Nineteenth and twentieth century American fiction and poetry.

American and Vietnamese representations of the Vietnam/American War and its aftermath.

The Vietnamese refugee and immigrant experience in America.

Violence studies; media and the 'war on terror'.

Courses Taught

American Literature

Honours, Awards, Appointments:

Kluge Postdoctoral Fellow, Library of Congress, 2008-2009.

Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship, La Salle University, Philadelphia, 2004-2005.

Radhakrishnan Memorial Bequest, University of Oxford, 1998.

Wolfson College Graduate Award, 1996-1998.

Overseas Research Students Award, University of Oxford, 1995-98.

Felix Scholarship, University of Oxford, 1995-98.

Representative Publications

Co-author with Suman Gupta, Richard Allen, and Supriya Chaudhuri, Reconsidering English Studies in Indian Higher Education. London: Routledge, 2015.

‘Poetry by American women veterans.’ Alea: Estudos Neolatinos, Vol. 16, # 2 (July-Dec 2014), pp. 300-316.

'"The Chameleon War": Passing Time and the remembrance of the Vietnam War.' In The Last Time I Dreamed About the War : Essays on the Life and Writings of W D Ehrhart, edited, Jean-Jacques Malo (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company Inc.2014), pp. 22-30

“Culture(s) of corruption”: media representations and anxieties.’ In Covering and Explaining Conflict in Civil Society, edited, Nalini Rajan (New Delhi: Orient Blackswan, 2014), pp. 91-103.

Edited, with Sevani Ninan, The Hoot Reader:Media Practice in Twenty-first Century India. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2013.

The New Americans”: the creation of a typology of Vietnamese-American identity in children’s literature.’ Journal of American Studies (Cambridge University Press). Volume 44, Number 2 (May 2010), pp. 409-428.

Edited, with Tapan Basu and Suman Gupta, Globalization in India: Contents and Discontents. New Delhi: Pearson Education, 2009.

Tracking the media: interpretations of mass media discourses in India and Pakistan. New Delhi and London: Routledge, 2008.

‘Imagining Vietnam: Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried.’ In The United States and the Legacy of the Vietnam War, edited, Jon Roper (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), pp. 72-88.

Edited, with Gautam Chakravarty, An Anthology of Indian Prose Writings in English. New Delhi: Penguin, 2004.

Memories of a Lost War: American poetic responses to the Vietnam War. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.