Gaurav Majumdar

Associate Professor of English

Olin Hall 245
509-527-5209 (phone) 509-527-5039 (fax)

Gaurav Majumdar received his B.A. from the University of Delhi, M.A. from the University of Rochester, and Ph.D. (with distinction) from New York University.

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. 

His book Illegitimate Freedom: Informality in Modernist Literature is forthcoming from Routledge.  The book explores the links between informality (as an aesthetic, behavioral, and political model) and a wide range of British and anglophone modernist works.  Examining a particular aspect of informality in each chapter, this project investigates disgust and intimate playfulness, colloquialism, promiscuity, liberal traditions that champion “male freedom,” repeatedly revised selves, and before its concluding discussion of informality as a kind of ease with strangeness and its related risks. 

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, architecture, and community) in anti-colonial literature.  The project sees incompatibility and disagreement as crucial for a critically energetic solidarity.

In addition to his first book, Migrant Form: Anti-Colonial Aesthetics in Joyce, Rushdie, and Ray (Peter Lang, 2010), he has published essays on James Joyce, Katherine Mansfield, postcolonial solidarity, critical cosmopolitanism, the modern elegy, Rushdie's The Satanic Verses, and Howard Hawks, as well as several book reviews. 

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 worked as the Director of the college’s Encounters program from 2013 to 2015, and was Whitman College’s founding Institutional Representative for the Scholars at Risk network.