Sayan Chattopadhyay

PhD (University of Cambridge)

Associate Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences

Research Interest



  • PhD, University of Cambridge, 2014
  • M.Phil, University of Calcutta, 2008
  • M.A., University of Calcutta, 2006
  • B.A., Asutosh College, University of Calcutta, 2004




  • Being English: Indian Middle Class and the Desire for Anglicization. London and New York: Routledge, 2022

Journal articles

  • "Dalit Middle Class and the Crisis of Colonial Modernity: A Study of Ajay Navaria's Yes Sir". [co-authored with Diksha Beniwal]. Contemporary Voice of Dalit (Sage). 2022, doi:

  • "Passage through India: Self-fashioning in Santha Rama Rau's Indian Travel Narratives". [co-authored with Durba Mukherjee]. Studies in Travel Writing (Routledge). 2021, doi:

  • "'Walking the Indian Streets': Analysing Ved Mehta's Memoirs of Return. [co-authored with Durba Mukherjee]. Life Writing (Routledge). 2020.

  • "From Indianness to Englishness: The Foreign Selves of Michael Madhusudan Dutta, Nirad C. Chaudhuri, and Salahuddin Chamchawala" The Journal of Commonwealth Literature(Sage). 53 (2): 412-429, 2018.

  • "Disowning "Indianness": Images of Indian Womanhood and the "English" Self of Cornelia Sorabji". Prose Studies: History, Theory Criticism (Routledge). 37 (1): 2-20, 2015.

  • "Return as a Stranger: Dom Moraes and the Ambiguity of Homecoming". Ex(tra)territorial: Reassesing Territory in Literature, Culture and Languages/Les Territoires littéraire, culturels et linguistiques en question. Eds. Didier Lassalle and Dirk Weissmann. Amsterdam and New York: Rodopoi. 313-320, 2014.

  • "Homeward Journey Abroad: Nirad C. Chaudhuri and the Tradition of Twentieth Century Indian National Autobiographies". The Journal of Commonwealth Literature (Sage). 49 (2): 157-172, 2014.

  • ""Things of Stylized Beauty": The Novels of Sudhin N. Ghose and the Fragments of an Indian Tradition". Ariel: A Review of International English Literature (University of Calgary, Canada). 43 (3): 7-33, 2013.

  • "Of Ex-White Men: Whiteness and Nationalist Self-Fashioning in Rabindranath Tagore's Gora and Nirad Chaudhuri's Autobiography of an Unknown Indian". Images of Whiteness. Eds. Clarissa Behar and Anastasia Chung. Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2013.

  • "Reconstructing the History of Exile and Return: A Reading of Dom Moraes's The Long Strider". Journal of Postcolonial Writing (Routledge). 48 (1): 79-91, 2012.

  • "Dom Moraes". The Literary Encyclopedia, 2012.

  • 2022 (April-September) DAAD Guest Professor at Heidelberg University, Germany.

  • 2017 Baden-Wuerttemberg Visiting Fellow at the South Asia Institute of the University of Heidelberg, Germany.

  • Recipient of the 2010-2013 Smuts Cambridge International Scholarship offered by Cambridge Commonwealth Trust, which fully funded my PhD degree in the University of Cambridge.

  • Recipient of the 2010 Overseas Endowment Travel Fellowship offered by the University of Calcutta.

  • Recipient of the 2004 Nripesh Chandra Guha Memorial Prize for securing highest marks in B.A. exam (with English honours) in Asutosh College.



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