Faculty Member

Somdatta Mandal
Professor of English




Date of Birth 5th July, 1954

Department of English & Other Modern European Languages,
Santiniketan 731 235

Residence: FD-462/4 Salt Lake, Sector III, Kolkata-700106

E-mail: somdattam@gmail.com/somdatta_mandal@yahoo.com

Landline: nil

Mobile: +91 94341 32556

Educational Qualification:
M.A.(University of Calcutta), M.Phil. & Ph.D.(Jadavpur University).

Awards / Honours:
a)U.S. Govt. Fulbright Pre-doctoral Scholarship for 1990-91 at University of Virginia, Charlottesville.

b)Olive I. Reddick Award in 1995 by American Studies Research Centre, Hyderabad for the best paper presented at Indian Association of American Studies Conference.

c)UGC International Travel Grant in 1997 to attend “India: Fifty Years After Independence” Conference at Barcelona, Spain.

d)Salzburg Seminar & The American Center, Calcutta Grant to attend Workshop at Salzburg Austria, on “Ethnicity, Race, Religion and American Identity,” March 2001.

e)University Grants Commission, India. Minor Research Project for two years to work on “Reflections of Calcutta in Indian English Fiction”.

f)Sponsored Delegate to the British Council Cambridge Seminar: “The Contemporary Writer in the United Kingdom” July 2001 at Downing College, Cambridge.

g)Charles Wallace Trust Grant by The British Council, Kolkata to work on “South Asian Diasporic Cinema in Britain.” (June 2001)

h)Grant to attend the International Convention of Asia Scholars 3 at Singapore in 2002.

i)J.F. Kennedy Library, Boston May 2003 to work at the Ernest Hemingway Archives.

j)Rockefeller Foundation Award, for Bellagio, Italy, May-June 2004 to work on a study “South Asian Diasporic Cinema: Texts and Contexts.”

k)John Kuehl Fellowship from F. Scott Fitzgerald Society, US to attend International Seminar at Vevey, Switzerland from 27th June – 3rd July, 2004.

l)Received the Mellon Travel Grant to attend the American Studies Association Meeting held at Oakland, California from 12-15 October, 2006 under the International Initiative Program.

m)Received Prize from Sahitya Akademi for the All India Indian Literature Golden Jubilee (1957-2007) Literary Translation Competition in the Fiction category for translating ‘Lalu’ by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyaya.

n)Received the Visva-Bharati Exchange Visitor Fellowship from 9-29 February 2008 to visit Asian American Studies Institute at the University of Connecticut, USA, and to work and lecture on “Pearl Harbor Echoes: The Japanese American Internment Experience in Literature and Culture.”

o)Invited as a Visiting Faculty at Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania to lecture at their departments of Womens’ Studies and Center for Community Studies for one week from 2-7March 2008.

ived Research Grant (Partial) for 2006-2007 from Visva-Bharati to work on “Celluloid Representations of the Partition of Bengal.”

q)Received Research Grant (Partial) for 2007-2008 from Visva-Bharati to work on “Celluloid Representations of the Partition of Punjab.”

r)Received Fulbright Visiting Lecturer Fellowship to teach one semester course on “South Asian Writing in English” from January to May 2009 at Dickinson College, Carlisle, USA.

s)Received partial research grant from Visva-Bharati for 2009-10 to work on “Nari-Bhav: Female Impersonation in Bengali Jatra.”

Teaching Experience:
15 years at Vivekananda College, Madhyamgram (University of Calcutta); 9 years at Visva-Bharati. Have also taught at Rabindra Bharati University for five years and University of Calcutta for 3 years as Guest Lecturer.

Research Areas:
Twentieth Century Studies with special emphasis on American Literature and Culture, Post-Colonial Fiction, Diaspora Studies, Film Studies and Translation

Representative Publications: (between 5 and 10):
i)Film and Fiction: Word Into Image (Jaipur & Delhi: Rawat Publishers, 2005)

ii)Reflections, Refractions and Rejections: Three American Writers and the Celluloid World (Leeds, U.K.: Wisdom House Publications, 2002).

She has translated one travelogue from Bengali to English.

i)The Westward Traveller by Durgabati Ghose. Foreword by Ashis Nandy. New Delhi & Hyderabad: Orient Blackswan Ltd, 2010.

Her edited and co-edited books and journals include:

i)American History and Culture: A Time Chart (1492-1990).Co-editors: Indrani Haldar & Sudip Chakraborty. Kolkata: Jadavpur University, 1994.

ii) F. Scott Fitzgerald: A Centennial Tribute (2 Vols) New Delhi: Prestige Books, 1997; London: Sangam Books, 1998.

iii)William Faulkner: A Centennial Tribute. New Delhi: Prestige Books, 1999.

iv)The Diasporic Imagination: Asian-American Writing (3 volumes). New Delhi: Prestige Books, 2000.

v)Cross-Cultural Transactions in Multi-Ethnic Literatures Of The United States.
Co-editors: Manju Jaidka, Anil Raina & Vijay Sharma. New Delhi: Prestige Books, 2002.

vi)The Ernest Hemingway Companion. Kolkata: Sarat Book Distributors, 2002.

vii)The American Literary Mosaic. Co-editor T.S. Anand. Wisdom House Press, 2003.

viii)Banga-bibhag: Samajik, Sangskritik O Rajnaitik Protifalan (The Partition of Bengal: Cultural and Socio-Political Reflections).Co-editor Sukla Hazra. Kolkata: Pustak Bipani, 2002.

ix)Ethnic Literatures of America: Diaspora and Intercultural Studies. Co-editor: Himadri Lahiri. New Delhi: Prestige Books, 2005.

x)Apperceptions Volume II: Journal of the Department of English & Other Modern European Languages. Special Issue on “Multicultural America.” February 2005.

xi)The Indian ImagiNation: Colonial & Postcolonial Literature and Culture. New Delhi: Creative Books, 2007.

xii)Literature in Times of Violence. Co-editor: Gulshan Rai Kataria. New Delhi: Prestige Books, 2009.

xiii)Apperception Volume IV: Journal of the Department of English & Other Modern European Languages, Visva-Bharati. 2009. [Special Issue on “Translation and Related Issues”]. Also published in book form by Visva-Bharati Publications Department and distributed by Orient Blackswan Pvt. Ltd.

xiv)Indian Travel Narratives. Jaipur & New Delhi: Rawat Publications, 2010.

xv)Bharati Mukherjee: Critical Perspectives. Delhi: Pencraft International, 2010.

She also has published about ninety research articles in national and international journals and anthologies, and has over fifty book reviews to her credit. She has also done several translations from English to Bengali and vice versa.

Other Academic Work:
In addition to the regular teaching activities, served as a paper-setter and examiner for MA English in various universities across India. Also adjudicated M.Phil and Ph.D. dissertations at various universities including Jadavpur University, University of Madras, Rabindra Bharati University, Manipur University, Osmania University, University of Mumbai, University of Hyderabad, University of Calcutta, University of Burdwan, Tripura University, Rajshahi University, Bangladesh and Tribhuban University, Kathmandu.

Acted as Resource Person at UGC Refresher Courses for teachers at various universities across India.

Other Interests / Activities:
1.At present doing a series of translations of colonial women’s travel narratives from Bengal.
2.Chairperson of the Department since July 2008.
3.JUSAS (Jadavpur Society for American Studies) – Executive member from 1999 to 2009.
4.MELUS- INDIA Chapter/MELOW. – Executive Body Member since inception. At present Vice-President.
5.Fulbright Alumni Association, Calcutta Chapter– Hony. Secretary from 2001 to 2005.
6.Member of various professional associations like Indian Association for Commonwealth Literature & Language Studies (Life); Indian Association for Canadian Studies (Life); All India English Teachers Association (Life);F. Scott Fitzgerald Society, U.S.A.; Salzburg Seminar Alumni Association; MELUS- India /MELOW (Life);Indian Association of American Studies (Life).