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Rituparna Sengupta

Visiting Faculty of English, Ashoka University

PhD Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi

Rituparna Sengupta received her doctorate in Literature from the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT-Delhi, in 2022. She holds MA and BA Hons. degrees in English from the University of Delhi. She has taught English at the University of Delhi and worked as an editor at Macmillan.

Dr Sengupta specializes in Culture Studies and Literary Studies. Her research interests lie in Popular Culture, Indian Writing in English, Comics and Graphic Narratives, Film Studies, Cultural Nationalism, Gender Studies, and Caste Studies.

Dr Sengupta has authored academic papers on the portrayal of caste in graphic narratives and cinema, and the depiction of Partition-based trauma in a graphic anthology.

Dr Sengupta also writes personal contemplative and analytical essays for literary magazines and journals. Her reviews and essays on literature and cinema have appeared in publications like Biblio, The Tribune, Scroll, Outlook, and others. Some of her translations of poetry and short fiction from Hindi, Punjabi, and Urdu into English have been published in Out of Print, Exchanges, The Dhaka Tribune, and elsewhere.

Academic Essays

  • ‘The Constitution of/and Caste: Portrayal of Caste and Legal Justice in Three Contemporary Indian Films by Savarna Filmmakers’, in Caste in Cinema, edited by Judith Misrahi-Barak and Joshil K. Abraham, Routledge, forthcoming in 2022
  • ‘This Side, That Side: Restoring Memory, Restorying Partition’, co-authored with A P Payal, in Documenting Trauma in Comics: Traumatic Pasts, Embodies Histories and Graphic Reportage, edited by Dominic Davies and Candida Rifkind, Palgrave Macmillan, 2020
  • ‘Casting Caste through Graphic Narratives’ in Trajectories of Popular Expression: Forms, Histories, Contexts, edited by Navneet Sethi and Ananya Saha, Aakar Books, 2019

Select Book Reviews

  • ‘Reading Alongside the Grain’ (Review of Ulka Anjaria’s Reading India Now: Contemporary Formations in Literature and Popular Culture) in Biblio: A Review of Books, July-September 2020, p.31
  • ‘Retrieving Radha’ (Review of Finding Radha: The Quest for Love edited by Malashri Lal and Namita Gokhale) in Biblio: A Review of Books, April-June 2019, p.38

Select Literary Translation

  • ‘Resolve’, translated from Rashid Jahan’s Urdu short story ‘Faisla’, Out of Print Magazine, December 2021
  • ‘The Mysteries of Silence’, translated from Mirza Azim Beg Chughtai’s Urdu short story ‘Rumooz-e-Khamoshi’, Exchanges: Journal of Literary Translation, Fall 2021

Select Film Essays

  • ‘Bhonsle: Of Home and Belonging, Fathers and Sons, God and Man’, The Punch Magazine, July 2020
  • ‘Shoojit Sircar’s Gulabo Sitabo: A Satirical Tale of Heritage and History’, Outlook Magazine, June 22, 2020

A fuller list of her writings and publications is catalogued on her website.

  • Shortlisted for the John Dryden Translation Competition 2019 for translations of 7 poems by Amrita Pritam from Punjabi to English
  • Nelabhatla Venkata Subbiah Memorial Award, G.V. Subramanyam Memorial Award, and Silver medal for exceptional academic performance in BA Hons English at Sri Venkateswara College and South Campus, University of Delhi (2009-2011)


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