Other links:

Other links:

Saikat Majumdar

Professor of English and Creative Writing, Ashoka University

Ph.D. Rutgers University

Saikat Majumdar is Professor of English and Creative Writing at Ashoka University. He has taught previously at Stanford University, and was a Fellow at the Newhouse Center for Humanities at Wellesley College and the Stellenbosch Institute of Advanced Study. He is the author of Prose of the World: Modernism and the Banality of Empire (Honorable Mention, Modernist Studies Association Book Prize, 2014), a study of modern world literature in English, College (2018), a general nonfiction on liberal arts education in India, and the co-editor, with Aarthi Vadde, of a collection of essays, The Critic as Amateur (2019).

Saikat has published four novels, most recently, The Middle FingerThe Scent of God, a finalist for the Mathrubhumi Book of the Year Award, 2020, and one of Times of India’s “20 Most Talked About Indian Books of 2019”; The Firebird (published as Play House in the US), one of Telegraph’s Best Books of 2015 and a finalist at the Bangalore Literature Festival Fiction Prize and the Mumbai Film Festival Word-to-Screen Market, and Silverfish, 2007.

Saikat is a columnist for Outlook and the Los Angeles Review of Books, and writes for The Hindu, Telegraph, Times Higher Education, Hindustan Times, Indian Express, Scroll, Wire, Lit Hub, and other venues.

His work has appeared in major journals and collections, including PMLA, NLH: New Literary History, Cambridge History of the Indian Novel in English, Cambridge Companion to the Essay, Cambridge History of the British Essay, Wiley-Blackwell Companion to World LiteratureModern Fiction Studies, and Literary Activism: A Collection of Perspectives, edited by Amit Chaudhuri.

Saikat’s new book of criticism, The Amateur: Self-Making and the Humanities in the Postcolony, and a novella, The Remains of the Body, will be published in 2024.

Books Written

  • The Scent of God (Simon & Schuster, 2019)

  • College: Pathways of Possibility (Bloomsbury, 2018)

  • The Firebird/Play House (Hachette, 2015 & 2017; The Permanent Press, 2017)

  • Prose of the World (Columbia University Press & Orient Blackswan, 2013 & 2015)

  • Silverfish (Harper Collins, 2007

Works Edited 

  • The Critic as Amateur (Bloomsbury, 2019; co-edited with Aarthi Vadde).
  • Special Issue: American Book Review (“Little India”)
  • Literature and the World

  • Forms of Literature

  • Postcolonial Literature

  • Literary Modernism

  • Introduction to Creative Writing

  • The Craft of Writing

  • Fiction Workshop

  • Fellowship, Suzy Newhouse Center for the Humanities, Wellesley College

  • Fellowship, Jawaharlal Nehru Institute for Advanced Studies, JNU

  • Recipient of grants and fellowships from The University of Chicago, and the Humanities Center at Stanford University

Study at Ashoka

Study at Ashoka