Department of English

Ashis Sengupta

Dr. Ashis Sengupta

M.A., Ph.D.


Members of Learned Societies: Fulbright-India, U.S. State Alumni Community, MELUS-India , Indian Association for American Studies, Indian Association for English Studies, Osmania University Centre for International Programmes (Hyderabad)

Contact Addresses:

Phone +91-353-2522901
Address(office) Department of English, University of North Bengal, India 734013.
e-Mail ashmit_2003@yahoo.com

Subject specialization:Theatre/Performance Studies

Areas of Research Interest:South Asian drama/theatre in English and Translation, South Asian American Theatre, Postwar American Drama (1945-present), Asian American Theatre, African American literature. (Issues of Special Interest: history, politics, religion, race/ethnicity, gender/sexuality, diaspora, and the family)

No. of Ph.D. students:    (a) Supervised: 4(03 awarded)       (b) Ongoing: 7 .

No. of M.Phil. students: (a) Supervised:4       (b) Ongoing: 1 .

No. of Publications:        (a) Journal(s) : 30        ( b) Book(s) : 0 2           (c) Book chapter(s): 09

Achievement & Awards:

Professional experiences:

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Selective List of Publications:

  1. Mapping South Asia through Contemporary Theatre: Essays on the Theatres of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/?sf1=id_product&st1=708191&loc=uk.
  2. Islam in Performance: Contemporary Plays from South Asia (Bloomsbury Methuen, London: 2017 [Forthcoming]).

    Selected Articles (including interviews):

  3. Transformationer. 2010. “Negotiating Cultural Difference ,” Publication of The International Association for Scandinavian Studies, 2011-2012
  4. “Staging Diaspora: South Asian American Theatre Today.” Journal of American Studies , 46.4 (2012): 831-54. (Cambridge University Press, U.K.).
  5. “Different Strokes: The Chinese Male Subject in The Chickencoop Chinaman and M. Butterfly.” Comparative American Studies 10.1 (2012). (Maney/University of East Anglia, U.K.).
  6. “Of Race/Religion, Nation and Violence: Incident at Vichy and Final Solutions.” Comparative American Studies 8.3 (2010): 179-93. (Maney/University of East Anglia,  U.K.).
  7. “Coming Out of the Closet’: Re-reading The Boys in the Band and On a Muggy Night in Mumbai.” The Journal of American Drama and Theatre 22.1 (2010): 33-49.(CUNY, USA).
  8. “Paradise Keeps Slipping Back’: The Misfits and After the Fall.” The Arthur Miller Journal 3.1 (2008): 29-42 (USA).
  9. “The Hyphenated Identity in Contemporary Multiethnic American Drama.” Americana: E-Journal 4.1 (2008). (Hungary.)
  10. “From the Pages of a Fulbrighter’s Diary.” Indian Fulbrighter (Fall 2006): 6.                                                                                                                              
  11. “The Archbishop’s Ceiling.” Review. The Arthur Miller Journal (USA) 1.2 (2006): 91-94.
  12. “How to Accommodate Many Faiths at Work.” The Providence Journal 30 , November, 2006: B5. (USA).
  13. “Mahesh Dattani and the Indian (Hindu) Family Experience.” Hungarian Journal of  English and American Studies. 11.2 (2005): 149-67.
  14. “James Baldwin’s Amen Corner: From the Spirituals to the Blues.” UYO Journal of Humanities 8 (2003, published 2005): 157-73. (University of UYO, Nigeria)
  15. “Plays as Political Allegories: The Ride Down Mount Morgan and Tughlaq.” The Arthur Miller Society Newsletter (USA) 9 (June 2004):14-15.
  16. “Meeting History.” Interview with Niyi Osundare. The Sunday Statesman 12 April 2004: 5.
  17. “The Outsider.” In Conversation with Susan Sontag. The Sunday Statesman Magazine, 19 October 2003: 5.
  18. “Crossing Borders with Two ‘Power’ Plays: Ghashiram Kotwal and The Archbishop’s , Ceiling.” Studies in American Literature, Vol. 3. Calcutta: American Center, 2003. 1-13.
  19. “Politics as Theater in Arthur Miller”. The Arthur Miller Society Newsletter (USA) 7, (June 2003):11.
  20. “The Best of Both Worlds”. In Conversation with N. Scott Momaday. The Sunday Statesman 8 June 2003, sec. Literary: 3.
  21. The Archbishop’s Ceiling: Truth and Fiction in Arthur Miller”. Indian Journal of American Studies 28. 1 & 2 (1998): 61-64. (ASRC)
  22. The Red Badge of Courage: Stephen Crane on Heroism”. North Bengal University Review (1997): 60-67.
  23. “Arthur Miller’s The Price: An Appreciation”. Literary Voice (1994):11-14.
  24. “Robert Frost: ‘Two Eyes Make One in Sight’.” Journal of the Dept. Of English,Burdwan University (1993-95): 95-101.                                                
  25. The Creation of the World and Other Business: On Guilt and Responsibility”. Indian Journal of American Studies 22.2 (1992). 96-100. (ASRC)
  26. “Arthur Miller: A Study of His Life-Vision”. Journal of the Dept. Of English, North Bengal University (1990): 29-37.
  27. “Land of the Lotus-Born”. The Telegraph (Calcutta) 29 April 1990: 22-23.

    Selected Book Chapter:

  28. “The Late Plays of Arthur Miller: Problematizing the Real.” Miller and Middle      America. Ed. Paula Langteau. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2007. 107-24.
  29. “Mahesh Dattani.” Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 323: South Asian Writers  in English. Ed. Fakrul Alam. Detroit: BCL, 2006. 80-85.
  30. Silence! The Court is in Session and Naga-Mandala:On Sexual Colonization”. Reclaiming Places and Space. Ed. Ruzy Suliza Hashim and Ganakumaran Subramaniam. Bangi: Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 2003. 59-68.
  31. “Between Faith and Scepticism: A Study of Arthur Miller’s Later Plays”. The American Literary Mosaic. Ed. T.S. Anand and S. Mandal. Leeds: Wisdom, 2003. 52-62.
  32. The Glass Menagerie: ‘Bits of a Shattered Rainbow’ ”. A Mosaic of Encounters: India    & USA. Ed. A.A. Mutalik-Desai et al. New Delhi: Creative Books, 1999. 21-28.
  33. A Memory of Two Mondays: The Paradox of Life in Arthur Miller”. American        Literature and Culture: New Insights. Ed. Laxmi Parasuram. New Delhi: Prestige,1995. 74-78.
  34. Incident at Vichy: Guilt and Responsibility in Arthur Miller”. American Literature  Today. Ed. S. Bala. New Delhi: Intellectual, 1994. 157-61.

    Selected Papers and Sessions

  35. “Playing Islam / Reading South Asian Plays,” paper at MELUS-MELOW International Conference, 19-21 February 2016.
  36. Keynote, National Seminar, Changing Directions of Postcolonial Indian Theatre, University College, Coochbehar, 29 September 2015.
  37. Panelist, Theatre for Peace Seminar (organized by Ajoka Theatre, Pakistan, and held at SIS, JNU), 18 September 2015.
  38. ‘Power, Performance, Censorship: Contemporary South Asian Theatre,’ paper at MELUS-MELOW International Conference, 20-22 February 2015.
  39. “Does Theatre Matter? Postscript: In a Literature Conference?,” International Seminar,  Dept of English, University of North Bengal, 4-5 December 2013.
  40. “Sharing Commonwealth Experience through Theatre,” National Conference, Government Degree College, Khumulong, Tripura, 12-13 July 2013.
  41. “Untold Stories, Innovative Patterns: Women Playwrights and Directors in Contemporary India, Melus-Melow Int’l Conference, Chandigarh, 8-10 Feb 2013.
  42.  “The Ethnic, the Diasporic, the Transnational: Non-Mainstream American Theatre Today,” Garden City College Int’l Conference, 27-28 January 2012.
  43. Post 9/11: US, Them, and South Asian Diaspora Theatre,” Special theme lecture, Gour Mahavidyalay, Malda, 28 November 2011.
  44. “Staging South Asian Diaspora,” MELUS-India Conference, Hyderabad, 22-24 September 2011.         
  45. Fulbright Outreach Program lecture, NBU, 22 March 2010.
  46. “Talking Gender: Feminism and Feminist Theatre in India,” Gour Banga University, 23, May 2010.
  47. “Negotiating ‘Asian American’ on the Stage: Frank Chin, David Henry Hwang and Shishir Kurup.” ICSSR-NERC national seminar, North Eastern Hill University, 16-18 March, 2010.
  48. “Indian Theatre: Vintage and Contemporary.” Dalarna University, Sweden, 23 March, 2009.
  49. “Re-reading The Boys in the Band and On a Muggy Night in Mumbai.” The Melus-Melow International Conference, Visva-Bhararti, Santiniketan, 28-30 November          2008.
  50. “Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Indian English Drama.” University of North Carolina at Greensboro, October 30, 2006.
  51. “South Asian Playwrights in English.” University of Connecticut Storrs, November 6, 2006.
  52. “Power, Gender, and the ‘Inquisition’: American/Indian Realities through Drama.” National Seminar, Burdwan University, 17-18 Feb 2010.
  53. “Rethinking Indian Culture: The Plays of Mahesh Dattani.” National Seminar, Burdwan University, 29-30 March 2004.
  54. “Being and Role-Playing: Reading Girish Karnad’s Tughlaq”. UGC National Seminar, NBU, 3-5 October 2001.
  55. “William Wells Brown’s Clotel: A Critique of Slave Life in America”. IAAS Conference, Pondichery University, 27-29 January 1995.