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Biography

Sumanyu Satpathy, former Professor and Head of the Department of English, University of Delhi, India was educated mostly at Indian universities. In the initial years of his career, he taught in the tribal areas of India such as Mayurbhanj and Meghalaya. He taught for nearly two decades at the post-graduate department of English of the University of Delhi. He has also been a Visiting Professor at Jamia Millia Islamia, University of Granada, Spain, Goethe University of Frankfurt, Germany and many others. Prior to joining KR Mangalam University, he was aFellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Rastrapati Bhavan, Shimla (2016-2018). Besides his teaching, research and publishing, he has also been a member of several administrative and decision-making bodies.

Satpathy’s core specialization is in the area of Anglophone and vernacular modernism and, more recently, in postcolonialism. He has published and edited books and articles related to these two key areas. His most recent publications are Will to Argue: Studies in Late Colonial and Postcolonial Controversies (Primus, 2017) and Natabar Samantaray: A Reader [co-ed] Sahitya Akademi, India (Sahitya Akademi, 2017). His other publications include Re-viewing Reviewing: The Reception of Modernist Poetry in the Times Literary Supplement (1912-1932), Southern Postcolonialisms: The Global South and the ‘New’ Literary Representations, Ed. (Routledge India, 2009). He has co-edited The Tenth Rasa: An Anthology of Indian Nonsense (Penguin India), Reading Literary Culture: Perspectives on Odisha and Signifying the Self: Women and Literature (Macmillan India). He is a contributor to the highly acclaimed Same Sex Love in India (eds Ruth Vanita and Saleem Kidwai, Palgrave 2002). A prolific translator, Satpathy translates from Indian languages, especially from Odia, into English. Among his recent translations is an edition of The Voyage Out: Contemporary Short Stories by Women from Odisha (Rupantar 2008). His translations have also appeared in such well-known volumes as Same Sex Love in India (eds Ruth Vanita and Saleem Kidwai, Palgrave 2002) and The Tenth Rasa: An Anthology of Indian Nonsense (Penguin India 2007). He is the lead writer for the back-translations of Alice in Wonderland in India with Jon Lindseth of the US as the chief international coordinator (OUP).

His forthcoming publications are, Print Matters: The Early Periodical Press in Eastern India and the Making of a New Literary Culture (Odia: 1866-1919); Critical History of Odia Literature (OBS) as co-author; and Purifying the Dialect of the Tribe: ‘regional’ languages in colonial and postcolonial India [Co-eds Javed Majeed, Sumanyu Satpathy, Wendy Singer].

He has supervised and examined a number of MPhil and PhD dissertations for the last two decades and more. Several candidates have done ground-breaking research, and a few dissertations have been recommended for publication. Satpathy ran two M.Phil. courses successfully: “Sexual Dissidence and Modernism: Oscar Wilde and After” and “Intertextualities: Modern and Postmodern” as described below.

He was appointed “Distinguished Scholar” at the Centre of Advanced Studies at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia in 2007. Among the prominent institutions where he has lectured are: SOAS and Goldsmiths College, (both under the University of London), University of Calgary and University of Saskatoon (Canada), University of Santa Clara, California (US), Goethe University, Frankfurt and Landau in Germany, Cape Town (South Africa), Hokkaido University, Japan, Honk Kong University, and Tribhuban University, Nepal. He keeps returning to the University of Granada (since 2007) where he co-teaches a course with Mauricio Aguilera. He was on the advisory Committee of the Royal University of Bhutan in 2005. In 2009, he was instrumental in introducing the a Common Aptitude Test for English for admissions into several leading Delhi University colleges (LSR, Miranda House, Hindu College, Kirori Mal College, among several others). After completing his first term as Head in 2011, he was called upon by the then Vice Chancellor, Dinesh Singh to serve the Institute of Lifelong Learning as a Joint Director, where he revamped the functioning of the moribund set-up by introducing the practice of running the anti-plagiarism software, Turn-it-in and activating the process of IPR etc. In 2012, he was again entrusted with the Headship of the Department in which capacity he served the university up to the end of November 2015.