Avishek Parui


Assistant Professor
Room No: HSB 241D
Phone: +91 (44) 2257 4535
Email: avishekparui@iitm.ac.in

Personal website: http://avishekparui.wixsite.com/webpage


Academic Background:

  • PhD in English Studies (2010-2013), Department of English Studies, Durham University
  • M.A. in English Literature (2005-2007), Presidency College, University of Calcutta
  • B.A. (Hons) in English Literature (2002-2005), Maulana Azad College, University of Calcutta

Teaching Experience:

  • IIT Madras, Chennai: Since November 2017
  • IIT Guwahati, Guwhatai: July 2014 – November 2017
  • Department of English Studies, Durham University: September 2013- June 2014 (As Post-doctoral Tutor)

Research Interests:

  • Modernism
  • Masculinity Studies
  • Memory Studies
  • Posthumanism


  • Post-Modern Literature, Literary Context Series, Orient Blackswan (Manuscript Submitted)

Journal Articles:

  1. “The White Man’s Exile: Space, Consciousness and the Imperial Project in Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness”. Indian Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies Journal. Vol. 2 (October 2016): 9-17.
  2. ‘For the life of him he could not remember’: Post-War Memory, Mourning and Masculinity Crisis in Katherine Mansfield’s ‘The Fly’. Katherine Mansfield Studies. Vol. 8. Special Issue on Mansfield and Psychology, Edinburgh University Press ed. Clare Hanson (September 2016): 113-124.  https://edinburghuniversitypress.com/book-katherine-mansfield-and-psychology-11843.html
  3. ‘”Do you see the story?” Consciousness, Cognition and Crisis of Narration in Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness.’ Janus Head Vol. 15, Issue 1 (February 2016): 117-136.  http://www.janushead.org/15-1/Avishek%20Parui.pdf
  4. Memory, Nation and the Crisis of Location in Saadat Hasan Manto’s ‘Toba Tek Singh’. Short Fiction in Theory and Practice Vol. 5 No. 2 (October 2015): 57-67. http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/journals/view-Article,id=22215/
  5. ‘“What’s the use of stories that aren’t even true?”Agency, Fabulation and the Epistemology of the Storytelling Self in Salman Rushdie’s Haroun and the Sea of Stories.’ Special issue on Salman Rushdie in South Asian Review (Forthcoming 2017)
  6. ‘“Exploring Hands Encounter No Defence”: The Episteme of Violence and Consumption in The Waste Land.’ Peer English Leicester University Issue 8 (February 2013): 51-66. http://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/english-association/publications/peer-english/8/4%20Avishek%20Parui%20-%20Episteme%20of%20Violence.pdf
  7. “Coffee, carefully poured and consumed, puts the idea under chloroform”: The dialectic of the ideational and the personal orders in Walter Benjamin’s One Way Street.’ Journal of the School of Language, Literature and Cultural Studies. Ed. G. J. V. Prasad. JNU (Spring 2012): 99-111.
  8. ‘“All is hubble-bubble, swarm and chaos”: The cognitive contingencies and possibilities in Virginia Woolf’s “The Cinema.”’ Postgraduate English Department of English, Durham University Issue 23 (September 2011) http://community.dur.ac.uk/postgraduate.english/ojs/index.php/pgenglish/article/view/92/91

Book Chapters:

  1. “‘The Nerves in Patterns on a Screen”: Hysteria, Hauntology and Cinema in T.S.Eliot’s early poetry from Prufrock to The Waste Land.’ Film and Literary Modernism. Ed. Robert McParland. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013. 96-106. http://www.amazon.com/Film-Literary-Modernism-Robert-McParland/dp/1443844500
  2. (Cited in The Newsletter of The T.S.Eliot Society, Number 83, Summer 2014  http://www.luc.edu/eliot/newsletter/83%20sum%2014.pdf and The Cambridge Companion to The Waste Land, ed. Gabrielle McIntire (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015)   http://www.amazon.com/Cambridge-Companion-Waste-Companions-Literature/dp/1107672570)
  3. ‘Dreamed Cinema, Cinematic Dreams: Dreamscapes, Neurosis and Desire in Federico Fellini’s 8½.’ Dreamscapes in Italian Cinema. Ed. Francesco Pascuzzi. NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2014. 1-18. http://www.amazon.com/Dreamscapes-Italian-Fairleigh-Dickinson-University/dp/1611477816
  4. ‘Gothic Horror and Racial Infection in Bram Stoker’s Dracula’. Gothic and Racism. Ed Cristina Artenie. Montreal: Universitas Press. 12-28. http://www.amazon.ca/Gothic-Racism-Cristina-Artenie/dp/0993995144
  5. ‘Masculinity, Monstrosity and Sustainability in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein’. Romantic Sustainability. Ed. Ben Robertson. New York: Lexington Books. 187-98. http://www.amazon.com/Romantic-Sustainability-Endurance-1780-1830-Ecocritical/dp/1498518907#reader_1498518907
  6. “‘Human nature is remorseless”: Masculinity, Medical Science and Nervous Conditions in Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway.’ The Male Body in Medicine and Literature. Ed. Andrew Mangham and Daniel Lea. Chicago University Press. (Accepted and Forthcoming)

Encyclopedia Entries:

  • Contributed two entries (Satyajit Ray and Cabinet of Doctor Caligari) in the Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism. Ed Stephen Ross. (In Press)

Popular Articles:

  1. ‘To buy or Not to Buy, That is the Question’, The Telegraph, October 11, 2012. http://www.telegraphindia.com/1121011/jsp/opinion/story_16074460.jsp#.USEGZaXQCaU
  2. ‘More Curry Please, We’re British!’, The Telegraph, February 21, 2013 http://www.telegraphindia.com/1130221/jsp/opinion/story_16584493.jsp#.UZHplrUWI9N
  3. ‘Private Pleasures;, Economic & Political Weekly,Vol. 49, Issue 20, May 17, 2014 http://www.epw.in/journal/2014/20/postscript/private-pleasures.html
  4. ‘To Laugh or Not to Laugh: The Non-Innocent Logic of Laughter’, Economic & Political Weekly, Vol. 49, Issue 24, June 14, 2014. http://www.epw.in/journal/2014/24/postscript/laugh-or-not-laugh.html
  5. ‘No Offence Taken’, Economic & Political Weekly, Vol. 49, Issue 43-44, November 1, 2014. http://www.epw.in/journal/2014/43-44/postscript/no-offence-taken.html
  6. ‘Fear of Flying’, Economic & Political Weekly, Vol. 51, Issue 20, May 14, 2016. http://www.epw.in/journal/2016/20/postscript/fear-flying.html

Creative Writing:


  1. ‘Dyakha’, The Bombay Review, 26 February 2017. https://thebombayreview.com/dyakha-avishek-parui/
  2. ‘Dry Day’, The Madras Mag, 31 October 2016. http://madrasmag.in/article/dry-day-by-avishek-parui/
  3. ‘Notes from the Underground’, Humanities Underground, August (2015)  http://humanitiesunderground.org/notes-from-the-underground/
  4. ‘Glitch’, Humanities Underground, November (2012).  http://humanitiesunderground.org/glitch/
  5. ‘No Hideouts Found’, in Shrapnel Minima, ed. Prasanta Chakravarty. London & New York: Seagull Books. 302-306. http://www.amazon.in/Shrapnel-Minima-Writings-Humanities-Underground/dp/0857421875
  6. Icarus, Blacberry Notes and Other Short Stories. http://www.amazon.in/Icarus-Blackberry-Notes-Sisters-Stories/dp/8184834411


  1. ‘Logophilia’ and ‘Timespotting’, Ishaan Literary Review, Issue 5 (2012). http://ishaanliteraryreview.com/?page_id=141
  2. ‘On the Shores’ and ‘Paradigm Shifts’, The Four Quarters Magazine, August (2012). http://issuu.com/tfqm/docs/tfqm_-_august_2012/106
  3. ‘Conatus’, The Four Quarters Magazine, December (2012). https://issuu.com/tfqm/docs/december_2012anniversary_tfqm/5
  4. ‘Transgressions’, Pirene’s Fountain, August (2011). http://www.pirenesfountain.com/archives/issue_10/ci/parui.html


  1. ‘When Is Modernism?’ with Michael Shallcross and Tony Patterson
    Literature, History and Culture Series
    Research in English At Durham (READ)
  2. ‘Masculinity, Mimicry and the Crisis of Agency in the Colonial Contact Zone: A Study of George Orwell’s “Shooting an Elephant”‘
    Easter Lectures 2014
    Research in English At Durham (READ)

Conference Presentations:

  • ‘Violence, Trauma and Narration: A Study of Saadat Hasan Manto’s fiction on the 1947 Partition’. International Society for Narrative Conference. Lexington, Kentucky. 23-26 March 2017.
  • ‘Post-Partition Memory and Diasporic Identities in Sunil Gangopadhyay’s Purba Paschim (East West)’. English, Diaspora and Indian Literatures. Hyderabad Central University. 6 March 2017.
  • ‘Interrupted identities. Examining the entanglement of traumatic and narrative memories in Partition experiences: A Case Study of Siddhartha Deb’s The Point of Return.’ Revisiting Partition Conference. Indian Council of Social Science Research. IIT Guwahati. 9-11 February 2017.
  • ‘Empathy, Agency and Affect: Through the Literary Glass.’ Conference on The Crisis of Multiple Identities in the Contemporary World. Indian Council of Philosophical Research. 15-17 February 2016.

Invited Lectures:

  • Masculinity, Monstrosity and Affect: A Study of Dracula and Dorian Gray’. Hyderabad Central University. 9 March 2017. (As DSA II Visiting Fellow)
  • Memory, Fantasy and Forgetting in Literature (Public Talk). Hyderabad Central University. 8 March 2017. (As DSA II Visiting Fellow)
  • ‘Language, Literature and Diaspora: An Introduction.’ Hyderabad Central University. 7 March 2017. (As DSA II Visiting Fellow)
  • ‘Memory Masculinity and War Trauma: A Case Study of Mrs. Dalloway and Regeneration trilogy’, IIT Hyderabad, 24 January 2017
  • ‘Violence, Affect and Healing: A Case Study of Ian McEwan’s Saturday, IIT Hyderabad, 25 January 2017

Professional Memberships:

  • Associate Fellow, UK Higher Education Academy
  • Member, International Society for the Study of Narratives
  • Member, British Association of Modernist Studies (BAMS)
  • Member, Indian Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (IACLALS)

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