Born in 1954 in Kolkata, Swapan Chakravorty worked on the plays of Thomas Middleton for his doctoral work at Oxford. He is author of Society and Politics in the Plays of Thomas Middleton (Clarendon press, 1996), and is contributing editor of the Oxford edition of Middleton’s Collected Works (2007). Chakravorty has written two books in Bengali, and has edited volumes on book history in English (Print Areas, 2004) and Bengali. His papers and essays have appeared in journals and newspapers in the USA, England, Scotland, Malaysia, Canada and Bangladesh.
Chakravorty is Professor of English at Jadavpur University, Kolkata, and has also taught at Universiti Malaya and Calcutta University, and delivered the Strode Renaissance Lectures at the University of Alabama in 2005. He has been delegate at the Tenth SAARC Writers’ Conference and the Edinburgh Book Festival.
Saturday 1 November 2008, 10.30am Henry Moore Gallery
The Battle for the Reader
Saturday 1 November 2008, 12.15pm Lecture Theatre 2
Text and the City: what is a city of literature?
(ContributIng editor), The Collected Works of Thomas Middleton and Thomas Middleton and Early Modern Textual Culture (both Clarendon Press, 2007)
(ed. with Abhijit Gupta) Moveable Type: Book History in India II (Permanent Black, 2008)
(with Tani Barlow and Suzana Milevska) Conversations with Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (Seagull, 2006)
Bangalir ingreji sahityacharcha (Anustup, 2004)
"Participating in the Battle was a little like entering a Bombay train at rush hour - it's a plunge into a swirl of wildly differing notions of how people should arrange themselves in a really tight situation. When you eventually emerge, you find that you're in a different place from where you started - and that you've been thoroughly energised from the journey. I can't wait to take the trip again next year."
Naresh Fernandes, editor-in-chief, Time Out India