Associate Professor of English
Gaurav Majumdar received his B.A. from the University of Delhi (1992), M.A.from the University of Rochester (1993), and Ph.D. from New York University (2003).
His main areas of research are British and Irish modernism, as well as postcolonial literature in English. His teaching interests include British and postcolonial literatures since 1900, film, and Victorian literature. He is particularly interested in the modernist novel, aesthetics, postcolonial solidarity, and revisions of cosmopolitanism in literary studies. In addition to his book, Migrant Form: Anti-Colonial Aesthetics in Joyce, Rushdie, and Ray (Peter Lang, 2010), he has published essays on James Joyce, postcolonial solidarity, critical cosmopolitanism, the modern elegy, Rushdie's The Satanic Verses, and Howard Hawks, as well as several book reviews.
Gaurav worked as the Director of the college's Encounters program from 2013 to 2015, and is currently Whitman College's Institutional Representative for the Scholars at Risk network.
The recipient of the Dublin Award for the Study of Global Multiculturalism in 2008, and the George M. Ball Award for Excellence in Advising in 2016, Gaurav is currently working on two book-projects. The first studies the links between informality (as anaesthetic, behavioral, and political model) and a wide range of British and anglophone modernist works. Examining a particular nuance of the word "informality" in each chapter, this project investigates disgust and intimate playfulness, colloquialism, impropriety, repeatedly revised selves, and informality as a kind of ease with strangeness before its concluding discussion of the risks of informality. The focus of Gaurav's other ongoing, scholarly project is on the depiction of cosmopolitan solidarity with "failed" constructions (of the self, language, friendship, sexual relations, careers, and community) in literature from former colonies and postcolonial Britain. The project sees incompatibility and disagreement as crucial for a critically energetic solidarity.