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BANIBRATA MOHANTA
Designation: Assistant Professor
Qualifications: MA, PhD
Area of Specialization:Indian English Fiction, Linguistics and ELT, Culture Studies

Banibrata Mohanta

 

Book

Mahanta, Banibrata. Joseph Conrad: The Gothic Imagination. New Delhi: Adhyayan Publishers, 2006. ISBN: 81-8435-009-0.

Research Papers/ Articles/Chapters in Books: Accepted (04) Published (20)
2011

  1. Mahanta, Banibrata. “Disability Aesthetics and Indian English Fiction: An Overview”. Edited volume of the National Seminar on 21st Century Indian English Fiction held at the Department of English and Modern European Languages, Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith, Varanasi, 5-6 February 2011.
  2. Mahanta, Banibrata. “Transacting Shakespeare in Colonial Bengal: (R)evolutionary Trajectories”. Proceedings of the 6th World Shakespeare Conference 2010: International Shakespeare Scholars’ Meet, organized by SSEI and Shakespeare Centre for Advanced Research, Rabindra Bharati University at the Jorasanko Campus, Kolkata, 11-15 December 2010.  To be published as a special issue of the journal Theatre International. (2011)

2010

  1. Mahanta, Banibrata. ”Folklore as Motif in Amitav Ghosh’s The Hungry Tide”. Proceedings of the National Seminar on Traditions of Folk in Literature held at the School of Humanities, Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi, 30-31 August, 2010.
  2. Mahanta, Banibrata. “Culture, Gender, Religion: Bharat Mata and the Construction of Nationalist Identity”. The Idea of India Ed. Urbashi Barat. New Delhi: 2010.


2011

  1.     Mahanta, Banibrata. “Travels in Lalgola: The Travails of Bankimchandra and the Writing of Anandamath”. Muse India. 37 (2011). Online. www.museindia.com. ISSN-0975-1815.
  2. Mahanta, Banibrata. “A Critique of Cosmopolitan Dalit Identity in Narendra Jadhav’s Outcaste: A Memoir”. Illuminati. 2 (2011): ISSN-2229-4341.
  3.     Mahanta, Banibrata and Koushik Bhattacharjee. “Reflections on the Indian Diasporic Novel(s): Category, Theory, Praxis. Notions: The Journal of English Literature. 2.1 (2011): 19-36. ISSN-0976-5247.

2010

  1. Mahanta, Banibrata. “The Graphic Novel: An Inquiry into its Origins and Development”. The International Journal of Culture, Literature and Criticism. 1.1 (2010): 22-31. ISSN-0976-1608.
  2. Mahanta, Banibrata and Koushik Bhattarcharjee. “Narrating the Nation: A Reading of Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children”. Indian Booker Prize Winners: A Critical Study of Their Works. Vol. II. Ed. Sunita Sinha. New Delhi: Atlantic, 2010. 130-148. ISBN 978-81-269-1492-0.

2009

  1. Mahanta, Banibrata. “Grandmothers’ Tales: Sunny Singh’s Narratives of Myth and Modernity”. Atlantic Literary Review. 10.1 (2009): 115-124. ISSN-0972-3269.
  2. Mahanta, Banibrata. “ ‘Hamara Shakespeare’: Cultural Formations in Colonial Bengal”. Apurva: Research Journal of the Faculty of Arts, BHU. 14(2008-09): 169-178.ISSN-0975-5780.
  3. Mahanta, Banibrata and Anurag Mohanty. “Editing Literature for Children with Special Needs”. IGNOU PG Diploma in Book Publishing: Editing Books for Children (MBP-005). 4.4 (2009): 214-226. ISBN: 978-81-266-3907-6. Also published in IGNOU PG Diploma in Book Publishing: Editing Text Books (MBP-007). 4.15 (2009): 206-219. ISBN: 978-81-266-3999-1.
  4. Mahanta, Banibrata. “Conventional and New Approaches to the Study of Culture”. IGNOU PG Diploma in Folklore and Culture Studies: Folklore and Culture: Conceptual Perspectives (MFC-001).  2.2 (2009): 90-103. ISBN: 978-81-266-4078-2.
  5. Mahanta, Banibrata. “Culture – ‘High’ and ‘Low’; Popular and Mass”. IGNOU PG Diploma in Folklore and Culture Studies: Folklore and Culture: Conceptual Perspectives (MFC-001). 2.4 (2009): 104-114. ISBN: 978-81-266-4078-2.
  6. Mahanta, Banibrata. “Bharat Mata Mandir: The Politics of Gender and Nationalist Narrative”. Imaging India. Ed. Nivedita Maitra. Sagar: Saroj Prakashan, 2009. 43-50. ISBN: 903893-7-2.

2008

  1. Mahanta, Banibrata. “Kiran Desai’s Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard: Sour Exoticism”. Kiran Desai: The Novelist: An Anthology of Critical Essays. Ed. P. D. Nimsarkar. New Delhi: Creative Books, 2008. 60-65. ISBN: 81-8043-053-7.
  2. Mahanta, Banibrata. “Identity as Ideological Strategy: Reading Hari Kunzru’s The Impressionist”. The Literary Vision 3(2008): 69-79. Also published in R. P. Pradhan ed. Contemporary English Literature. New Delhi: Atlantic Publishers, 2009. 37-48. ISBN: 978-81-269-1081-6.

2007

  1. Mahanta, Banibrata. “Some Problems of Representation in the Indian Novel in English: An Overview”. Proceedings of the UGC Sponsored State-level Seminar on Indian Novel in English: Class Consciousness and Ethnic Crisis. Barpeta: Department of English, M C College, 2007. 14-28.
  2. Mahanta, Banibrata. “Foregrounding the Local: Nature, Language and Human Enterprise in Amitav Ghosh’s The Hungry Tide”. The Indian Journal of English Studies 44 (2007): 97-105.
  3. Mahanta, Banibrata. “The Indian Hero: A Study in Tradition as Theme”. The Triple Path: Reinventing Poetic Genre: A Study of the Poetry of Charu Sheel Singh. Vol. I. Ed. Krishna Banerjee. New Delhi: Adhyayan Publishers, 2007. 51-56. ISBN: 978-81-8435-027-2.

2006

  1. Mahanta, Banibrata. “Of Cultural Constructs and Human Dilemmas: Amitav Ghosh’s The Hungry Tide”. Points of View 13.2 (2006): 60-67. ISSN-0971-605X.

Cited in Shyamala A. Narayan. “India”, The Journal of Commonwealth Literature. 42.4 (2007): 79-107.        

  1. Mahanta, Banibrata. “The Subaltern as Subject: Reading Mahasweta Devi’s After Kurukshetra”. Dialogue 2.1 (2006): 24-34.
  2. Mahanta, Banibrata. “Social Critique in Joseph Conrad’s ‘An Outpost of Progress’”. Cyber Literature 18.1 (2006): 60-64. ISSN-0972-0901.
  3. Mahanta, Banibrata. “The Politics of Neo-colonization and the Indian Novel in English”. Chattisgarh Vivek 5.14 (2006): 10-13. ISSN-0972-9909.
  4. Mahanta, Banibrata. “The Myth of Communication: Reading Hari Kunzru’s Transmission”. Littcrit 31.1 (2005): 82-89. ISSN-0970-8049.
    Cited in Shyamala A. Narayan, “India”, The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, 2006. 41.4 (2006): 91-120.

Interviews
Mahanta, Banibrata and Randheer Pratap Singh, “An Interview with Bapsi Sidhwa.” The Journal of Indian Writing in English 34.2(2006):49-53.
Cited in Sen, Pradip. “The Last Fifty Years: A Retrospective on the Calcutta Writers’ Workshop”. Other Tongues: Rethinking the Language Debates in India. Ed. Bonnie Zare, New York: Rodopi, 2009. 89-95.      

Book Reviews
2010

  1. Mahanta, Banibrata. Rev. of Forest of Tigers: People, Politics and Environment in the Sundarbans by Annu Jalais. Research and Criticism. 1 (New Series, 2010): 168. ISSN-2229-3639.

2006

  1. Mahanta, Banibrata. Rev. of Scripture on Stone by Charu Sheel Singh. Dialogue 3.1 (2007): 103-104.

Research Projects Undertaken/Ongoing:
2010

  1. Member, Research team in the Thrust Area “Cognitive Science and Human Behaviour” as part of the Task Force for Fostering Excellence in Research, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi (as part of preparations for the University Golden Jubilee celebrations).

2009

  1. Principal Investigator in UGC funded Major Research Project titled Bharat Mata: A Genealogy of Representation. 2009. Sanctioned Amount Rs. 5.98 lacs.

2007

  1. Co-Investigator in UGC funded Major Research project titled Transcreation as Re-creation: An Inquiry into the Genre of Drama in Indian Languages. 2007. Sanctioned amount Rs. 1.66 lacs.

Editorial Responsibilities In Journals:   

  1. Review Editor, B.Mahanta. Dialogue: A Journal Devoted to Literary Appreciation. Biannual refereed journal, Lucknow (June 2005 onwards). ISSN-0974-5556.
  2. On the Board of Editors of Research and Criticism: Journal of the Department of English, Banaras Hindu University. Annual, published by Creative Books, New Delhi (New Series, 2010 onwards). ISSN-2229-3639.
  3. On the Board of Editors of Humanities and Social Sciences: Interdisciplinary Approach. Biannual, published by the Kunwar Educational Trust, Agra (December 2009 onwards). ISSN-0975-7090.
  4. On the Board of Editors of Shodh Hastakshep: A Multilingual and Multidisciplinary Research Journal. Biannual, published by SEED, Varanasi (April 2011 onwards). ISSN-

Ph. D/M. Phil Dissertations Supervised:
Ph.D (In progress): 04
M. Phil (Awarded, Distance Mode): 03

Syllabus Framing

    1. Convener, Committee for Syllabus formulation for Credit-based Semester System B Com Business Communication Course, 2011
    2. Member, Committee for Syllabus formulation for Credit-based Semester System, Pre-PhD Course, 2011
    3. Member, Committee for Syllabus formulation for Credit-based Semester System  Diploma and Certificate Courses in English, 2011

Seminars/Conferences/Workshops:

  1. National Seminar on 21st Century Indian English Novel, Department of English and Modern European Languages, Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith, Varanasi, 5-6 February 2011.
    Paper presented: “Disability Aesthetics and the Indian English Novel: An Overview” Participated as Resource Person.
  1. 6th World Shakespeare Conference 2010: International Shakespeare Scholars’ Meet, organized by SSEI and Shakespeare Centre for Advanced Research, Rabindra Bharati University at the Jorasanko Campus, Kolkata, 11-15 December 2010.
    Paper presented: “Transacting Shakespeare in Colonial Bengal: (R)evolutionary Trajectories”
  1. International Seminar on Theory at Work: Text, History and Culture, Department of English, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, 9-11 November, 2010.
    Paper co-authored: “Politicizing the Sacral: An Inquiry into the Visual Vocabulary of Indian Nationalism.”
  1. National Seminar on Traditions of Folk in Literature, School of Humanities, Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi, 30-31 August 2010.
    Paper Presented: “Folklore as Motif in Amitav Ghosh’s The Hungry Tide.
  1. Seminar on Exploring Excellence: An Introspection organized by the Task Force for Fostering Excellence in Research, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, 6-7 July 2010.
    Participated as a member of the Thrust Area “Cognitive Science and Human Behaviour”.
  1. UGC sponsored National Seminar on Globalization, Media and Women, MBD Govt. Women’s College, B R Ambedkar University, Agra, 3-4 April 2010.
    Paper presented: “Maps, Mandirs and Nation Worship: (Re)presentations of Bharat Mata.”
    Participated as Resource Person
  1. International Seminar on The Novel in the Twenty-first Century: Text and Context at the Dept. of English, University of Allahabad, Allahabad, 29 November-1 December 2009.
    Paper Presented: “The Graphic Novel in India.”
  1. National Workshop on Early Learning and Intuitive Teaching organized by Katha Publishers at Indian Social Institute, New Delhi, 3-5 September 2009. 
    Paper presented: “Teaching Literature to Children with Special Needs: The Role of Editors and Teachers.”
  1. UGC sponsored National Seminar on Global Literatures, National Identity, and the Subaltern: Emerging Trends in English Writing at the Dept of English, DDU Gorakhpur University, Gorakhpur, 11-12 February 2009. 
    Paper presented: “The Home and the World: Critiquing Cosmopolitan Dalit Identity in Narendra Jadhav’s Outcaste: A Memoir.
  1. National Seminar on India (Bharata): Images, Imagination and Experience Issues in Concept(s), Structure(s) and Interpretation(s), Department of English and other European Languages, Dr. Hari Singh Gaur Vishwavidyalaya, Sagar, 14-15 November, 2007.
    Paper Presented: “Bharat Mata Mandir: The Politics of Gender and Nationalist Narrative.” Recipient of the Best Paper Award.
  1. UGC Sponsored State Level Seminar on Indian Novels in English: Class    Consciousness and Ethnic Crisis, Department of English, MC College, Barpeta, Assam, 20-21 September, 2007.
    Paper presented: “The Problems of Representation in the Indian Novel in English: A Historical Overview”. Participated as Resource Person. 
  1. International Seminar on Feminist Consciousness in South Asian Literature, Department of English and Modern European Languages, University of Lucknow, Lucknow, 3-4 November, 2006.
    Paper presented: “ ‘[H]oles that cannot be embroidered away’: Negotiation of Representational Interstices in Shauna Singh Baldwin’s What the Body Remembers.
  1. 50th All India English Teachers’ Conference, University of Lucknow, Lucknow, 13-16 January, 2006.
    Paper presented: “Identity as Ideological Strategy: Reading Hari Kunzru’s The Impressionist”. 

Lectures/Talks Delivered:

  1.  “Modern Poetry: An Introduction”: Talk delivered at DAV PG College, Varanasi on 18 January 2010.
  2.  “Communication Skills and the English Language”: Talk delivered to UG (Arts) students at Birla Hostel, BHU, Varanasi on 11 September 2009.
  3. Delivered three lectures on “Recovering the Subject: Nation, Canon and Caste in Indian Writing in English” at the Academic Staff College, Kumaun University, Nainital on 16-17 February 2009.
  4. “The Problems of Representation of Class and Caste in the Indian Novel in English”: Plenary lecture delivered as Resource Person in UGC Sponsored National Seminar on “Indian Novels in English: Class Consciousness and Ethnic Crisis” at MC College, Barpeta, Assam on 20 September 2007.
 
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