Brinda Bose
Associate Professor
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PhD (Boston, 1995), MA (Oxford, 1988), BA (senior status), BA (Calcutta, 1985)


My areas of interest for teaching and research are primarily in modern, postmodern and postcolonial literatures; postcolonial, feminist and cultural theory; gender and culture/film studies in South Asia; postcolonial and interdisciplinary pedagogies. I taught in the Department of English at Hindu College, Delhi (1995-2006); I was a Fellow of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi (2006-2009), where I began working on a manuscript on cities, sexualities and contemporary Indian cinema.

I have edited Translating Desire: The Politics of Gender and Culture in India (Katha, 2003), and Gender and Censorship (Women Unlimited, 2006), and co-edited Interventions: Feminist Dialogues on Third World Women’s Literature and Film (Garland/T&F, 1997) and The Phobic and the Erotic: The Politics of Sexualities in Contemporary India (Seagull/Berg/Palgrave, 2007). I have also edited Amitav Ghosh: Critical Perspectives (Pencraft, 2002) and done critical editions of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness (OUP India), Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass and Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway (both Worldview).

My current research is in contemporary urban Indian gender and culture. I am completing a manuscript on the gendered body and public culture in India, looking at how a handful of iconic cultural texts that have circulated in the public domain in India over the past couple of decades are responsible for the fact that the sexed body has now entered mainstream public discourse in India in a significantly different way, re-configuring our 21st century culture and forcing us to re-think issues related to sexuality (rape, violence, homophobia, as well as the right to sexual choices and the significance of sexual desire and pleasure). I am also presently co-editing an anthology on sexualities and visual cultures in contemporary India with Shilpa Phadke (TISS, Mumbai) and an anthology on new cultures of intimacies in Asia with Sanjay Srivastava (IEG, Delhi).


Areas of interest/research:

Gender/sexuality/feminist/queer studies, Modernism, Contemporary Indian visual cultures/Bengali cinema, Indian writing in English, Politics and pedagogies of the humanities.


Courses taught:

Modernism, Gender and Literature


Honours, awards, appointments:

Recipient of the Charles Wallace Award, 2009.

Visiting Professor/Fellow: University of Saarland, Germany (2009); University of Hyderabad (2009); Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris, France (2008); Universities of Kent and Westminster, UK (2007), La Trobe University, Melbourne (2007), Rockefeller Centre (Residency), Bellagio, Italy (2004).

Asian Reviews Editor, Interventions (journal, UK)

International Advisory Board, Contemporary Women’s Writing (journal, UK) and Centre for Law, Gender and Sexuality (University of Kent, UK)

Treasurer, Indian Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (IACLALS)


Representative publications:

“Modernity, Globality, Sexuality and the City: A Reading of Indian Cinema” Global South 2:1, (special issue), Spring 2008.

(With Vaibhav I Parel and Akhil Katyal). “Decolonizing the Classroom: In Search of ‘New’ Pedagogies for ‘New’ Literatures?” Southern Postcolonialisms, ed. Sumanyu Satpathy, Routledge, 2008.

(With Akhil Katyal, Vaibhav I Parel and Shivani Mutneja). “TSL Goes to College: Of Politics, Pedagogy and Postcolonialism”. Amitav Ghosh’s The Shadow Lines: A Critical Companion, ed. Murari Prasad, Pencraft International (New Delhi), 2008.

“The Ubiquitous F-word: Musings on Feminisms and Censorships in South Asia”. Inaugural issue, Contemporary Women’s Writing 1:1/2, December 2007.

“The Long Arm of Colonial Rule”. Index on Censorship (Special Issue on India and China), Winter, 2006.

“The Desiring Subject: Female Pleasures and Feminist Resistance in Deepa Mehta’s Fire”. Indian Journal of Gender Studies, special issue on feminist resistance, ed. Rajeswari S Rajan. New Delhi: summer, 2000.

"In Desire and In Death: Eroticism as Politics in Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things". Ariel (Calgary, Canada: University Press), Spring, 1998.

Electronic links to 2 articles:

Brinda Bose. "Modernity, Globality, Sexuality, and the City: A Reading of Indian Cinema." The Global South 2.1 (2008): 35-58. Project MUSE. ...

Brinda Bose. “The (Ubiquitous) F-Word: Musings on Feminisms and Censorships in SouthAsia”: