Saikat Majumdar, Assistant Professor
Primary Office: 460-415
At Stanford Since: 2007
Current Year's Courses:
Ph.D. , Rutgers University, 2005
Saikat Majumdar's areas of interest include world literature in English, modernism, critical theory, colonial and postcolonial studies. His book, Prose of the World (Columbia University Press, 2013), explores the aesthetic and political significance of the ordinary in colonial and postcolonial fiction from Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa and India, ranging from the late-nineteenth century to the present. His work has been published in Modern Fiction Studies, James Joyce Quarterly, Novel: A Forum on Fiction, Genre, Studies in the Novel, The Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies, College English, and in other venues. He has been awarded an Andrew W. Mellon postdoctoral fellowship, grants from the Modernist Studies Association and the International James Joyce Foundation, and visiting fellowships at the University of Delhi, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and Jadavpur University. He is also the author of a novel, Silverfish (HarperCollins India, 2007). He is currently working on a book tentatively titled The Amateur, which is a study of a group of Caribbean, African, and South-Asian writers who emerge from their struggle with poor and provincial colonial educational systems as autodidactic and amateur intellectuals of wide public appeal. It develops out of several years of research on the phenomenon of the literary public intellectual, a subject on which he co-chaired a 2010-11 Geballe Research Workshop at the Stanford Humanities Center along with Russell Berman from Comparative Literature.