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Sambudha
Sen
Professor and Head
Department of English
School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SoHSS)
E 222
Block-E (Library Building), Shiv Nadar University
Gautam Buddh Nagar Uttar Pradesh
India
01202663801
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Profile Summary 

I moved to Shiv Nadar University in January 2015 from the University of Delhi where I was   Professor and Head , Deplartment of English, University of Delhi. My  research interests include : the language of radicalism and its relationship with the nineteenth-century British novel; the making of an urban aesthetic in the 19th century English novel; the cultural fall out of the Anatomy Act and the New Poor Law ; contagion, borders and border crossings; visualizing Calcutta in the 19th century; the early novel in India. I have  published on these topics in journals like Representations, Victorian Studies, English Literary History, Literature Compass and Nineteenth-Century Literature

My current research is concerned with the ways in which the body was grasped and deployed in Victorian culture.  I focus,  the one hand, on the body in all its materiality, as something that laboured, consumed and needed to be protected from diseases but could, at the same time, be made to yield medical knowledge. On the other hand, I look at it as something that could work with posture, gesture, accessories to project a dematerialised, but powerful force field, that unfolded outside its physical boundaries. I am also currently co-editing a volume entitled Novel Formations on the early novel in India.

I am very interested in supervising PhD students interested in working on any topic related to nineteenth-century novel in Britain; novel theory; the novel and visual culture; the novel and popular forms; the human and cultural implications of medicine especially in the 19th century; contemporary fiction especially the novels Garcia Marquez and Jose Saramago.

Educational Qualifications 
1976
B.A
St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi
1978
M.A
St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi
1981
M.Phil
Department of English, University of Delhi
1991
PhD
Department of English, University of Delhi
Work Experience 
10/78
10/00
Lecturer, Sr. Lecturer, Reader
Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi.
10/00
10/04
Reader
Department of English, University of Delhi.
10/04
12/15
Professor
Department of English, University of Delhi.
08/11
01/13
Head of Department
Department of English, University of Delhi.
01/93
07/93
Foundation Fellow
Foundation Fellow, Clare Hall, Cambridge.
04/99
06/99
Andrew Mellon Fellow
The Huntington Library, Pasadena.
10/02
11/02
Rockerfeller Fellow
Residency at the Bellagio Center
02/06
12/06
Leverhulme Visiting Fellow
Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.
03/07
04/07
ASIHSS Visiting Professor
Jadavpur University
03/08
04/08
UPE Visiting Professor
Calcutta University.
02/16
03/16
Visiting Fellow
University of Exeter.
05/16
07/16
Visiting Fellow
Columbia University
New York
Teaching & Research Interests: 

My  research interests include The language of radicalism and its relationship with the nineteenth century British novel; the making of an urban aesthetic in the 19th century English novel; the cultural fall out of the Anatomy Act and the Poor Law ; contagion, borders and border crossings; visualizing Calcutta in the 19th century; the early novel in India. I have  published on these topics in journals like Representations, Victorian Studies, English Literarty History, Literature Compass and Nineteenth Century Literature

My  current research is concerned with the ways in which the body was grasped and deployed in Victorian culture: on the one hand, in all its materiality, as something that laboured, consumed and needed to be protected from diseases but could, at the same time , be made to yield medical knowledge and, on the other as something that could work with posture, gesture, accessories to project a dematerialised, but powerful force field ,that unfolded outside its physical boundaries. I am   also currently co editing a volume entitled Novel Formations  on the early novel in India.

Literatue and the Visual Arts( PG); The novel in nineteenth century Europe; ( PG) Understanding Jazz (CCC).

Awards(Selected): 
2017
2017

"Alo Pishi and I " Honorable Mention in  2016 short story competition “Family Matters”, conducted by one of America’s most important fiction magazines The Glimmer Train

 

Scholarly Activity

Books & Book Chapters

London , Radical Expression and the Making of the Dickensian Aesthetic ( Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2012).

Edited with an Introduction Mastering Western Texts : Essays in Honour of A N Kaul ( Delhi: Permanent Black, 2002)

“Meghe Dhaka Tara as a Tragedy of Everyday Life”. in Sabine Haenni, Sarah Barrow, John White ed. The Routledge Encyclopedia of Films (2013)

“Radical satire and respectability: comic imagination in Hone, Jerrold and Dickens” in Aruna Krishnamuthy ed. The Working–Class Intellectual in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Britain (Ashgate : 2009)

Journal Publications (submitted)

“From Dispossession to Dissection: The Bare Life of the English Pauper in the Age of
the Anatomy Act and the New Poor Law.” Victorian Studies, vol. 52, no. 2, 2017, pp. 235-
259

"God Tussi Great Ho" , Wasafiri , 2017

“From Dispossession to Dissection: The Bare Life of the English Pauper in the Age of
the Anatomy Act and the New Poor Law.” Victorian Studies, vol. 52, no. 2, 2017, pp. 235-
259

“Local autonomy vs the Aesthetics of Intermixtures in the age of circulating print
culture” Literature Compass, vol. 11, no. 1, 2014, pp. 26–35

“Hogarth, Egan, Dickens and the making of an urban aesthetic” Representations (California University Press: August 2008 , No.103).

“Bleak House, Vanity Fair and the Making of an Urban Aesthetic” Nineteenth Century Literature (California University Press: March 2000)

“Meghe Dhaka Tara as a Tragedy of Everyday Life”. in Sabine Haenni, Sarah Barrow, John White ed. The Routledge Encyclopedia of Films (2013)

“Re- Visioning the Colonial City: Local autonomy vs the Aesthetics of Intermixtures in the age of circulating print culture” Literature Compass , ed Regenia Gagnier. ( Basil Wiley : October 2013) to be reprinted in Tore Kristensen, Anders Michelsen and Frauke Wiegand ed. Transvisualities : The Cultural Dimension of Visuality Vol 2 (Forthcoming Liverpool University Press, 2015)

“Radical satire and respectability: comic imagination in Hone, Jerrold and Dickens” in Aruna Krishnamuthy ed. The Working–Class Intellectual in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Britain (Ashgate : 2009)

“Hogarth, Egan, Dickens and the making of an urban aesthetic” Representations (California University Press: August 2008 , No.103).

Reprinted Jeremy Tambling ed. Dickens and the City (Ashgate: 2012)

“Don Quixote and the Problem of Fiction Making” in Ignacio Arellano and Vibha Maurya ed. Cervantes and Don Quixote (Emesco Books:2008)

“Bleak House, Vanity Fair and the Making of an Urban Aesthetic” Nineteenth Century Literature (California University Press: March 2000)

Reprinted Jeremy Tambling ed. Dickens and the City (Ashgate: 2012)

“Bleak House and Little Dorrit: The Radical Heritage” English Literary History (Johns Hopkins University Press: Winter, 1998)