Dr. Dipannita Datta is a researcher, a translator, and an international academic. Her works are focused on19th and 20th century English and Bengali literature. Besides being the Faculty Member of the English vertical, The Neotia University, she teaches translations at Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India and is a Visiting Lecturer at the Department of English, University of Belgrade, Serbia. She alsoserves as Board Member of MaticaSrpska Project on Serbian-Indian Relations in Culture through History and Founder Member and joint-Director of Tagore Centre, Serbia. Based on her areas of interest in literature, including literary criticisms, feminisms, Indian Literatures in translations,postcolonial theory,she has published articles on a variety of topics in national and international peer reviewed journals, contributed several chaptersto peer reviewed edited volumes in India and outside India, and has also authored books.
Her work of translation Neem Tree: A Bouquet of Short Stories by Banaphool (NewDelhi:Rupa&Co.,2004)is selected for the Skill Enhancement Course (SEC) –Translation Studies (Sec 1) under the Choice Based Credit System by St Xavier's College, Burdwan, and a selection of the stories is taught to the students of third semester at the Department of English of the same institute.Her 2006 work on the poetsSarojini Naidu and Toru Dutt, analysed from the point of view of postcolonial women’s writings, is taught in the distance learning Masters programme, NetajiSubhash Open University, Kolkata, India. In 2015, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, published her research-based book—Ashapurna Devi and Feminist Consciousness in Bengal: A Bio-critical Reading. This book received global recognition and was re-published the same year by the Global Oxford Academic Online Scholarship and currently it is being translated into regional languages. She is quite often invited to deliver lectures at universities in India and abroad. In 2017, she was invited at the University of Belgrade as a ‘distinguished professor’ to deliver a Public Lecture on the renowned postcolonial theorist - GayatriSpivakChakravorty. (The title of her lecture is “Outsiders in Feminism in Creating Theories: Certain Postcolonial Thoughts in the Global Era”). In 2014, she was invited to deliver Seminar Lecture on ‘Feminism in India’ and in 2013 on ‘Postcolonial Literature’ at the University of Edinburgh. Her postdoctoral research interests include cultural-studies, translation-studies and postcolonial feminism, and are located at the intersection of colonial and postcolonial literature. Currently, along with her teaching assignments at The Neotia University and supervising PhD scholars she is coordinating an interdisciplinary research project with Professors of Edinburgh Napier University. Her independent research-based book project on Rabindranath Tagore is in progress with academic support from The University of Belgrade and support from the administration of The Neotia University.
Her Research Publications include:
Books and ChaptersinBooks
⦁ AshapurnaDeviandFeministConsciousness inBengal:ABio-CriticalReading.OxfordScholarshipOnline(OSO2015).
⦁ AshapurnaDeviand Feminist Consciousness in Bengal: ABio-Critical Reading. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2015. ISBN-13: 978-0-19-809999-4; ISBN-10: 0-19-809999-1.
⦁ ToruDuttandSarojiniNaidu:PoetsOfColonial India.Kolkata:NetajiSubhasOpenUniversity,2006.
⦁ ACagedFreedom: TheNovelsofGeorgeEliot,Santa Devi&SitaDevi. Kolkata:WritersWorkshop,2001.ISBN81-7595-838-3(HB);ISBN 81-7595-839-1(FB).
⦁ ‘Bimala Is What She Is’: Re-reading Bimala and Gender (In)justice. Tagore’s Ideas of the New Woman. Eds. ChandravaChakravarty and SnehaKarChaudhuri. New Delhi: Sage Publications India Pvt. Ltd., 2017, 150-180. ISBN 978-93-81345-16-0.
⦁ The World Language in Poetry and In Search of World Literature. Eds. SuchoritaChattopadhyay and SayantanDasgupta. (Forthcoming from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India).
⦁ Cell Game(a researched translation ofKankabatiDutta’sshort story). Anthology of Bengali Short Stories. Eds. Sunil Gangopadhyay and SanjuktaDasgupta. NewDelhi:SahityaAkademy,2016. ISBN 978-81-260-4254-8.
⦁ ContemporarisingBimala’s Choice and the Problem of the Self. Tagore on Discriminations: Representing the Unrepresented. Ed.BlankaKnotková-Čapková. Prague:Metropolitan University Press, 2015, 114-39. ISBN 978-80-87956-31-1 2015.
⦁ Childhood(a researched translation of an autobiographical essay of/by Rabindranath Tagore). Rabindranath Tagore and the Feminine: A Journey in Translations.Ed. MalashriLal. NewDelhi:SagePublication2014,9-19.ISBN10:9351500675;ISBN13: 9789351500674.
⦁ ScientificThinking aKeytoHumanities:RabindranathTagore and Open- Education. Tagore, BoseAndMahalanobis- ConfluenceOfMinds.Ed.ParulChakrabarti.Kolkata:TheBoseInstitute,2013,95-101.
⦁ InSearch ofFairness ofJustice:ContemporisingTagore and‘The Home andThe World’.ContemporarisingTagore andtheWorld. Eds. ImtiazAhmed,MuchkundDubeyandVeenaSikri.Dhaka:TheUniversityPressLimited,2013, 439-68.ISBN9789845061186.
⦁ Interrogating Globalization: Rethinking Rabindranath Tagore. Problematicsof Ethnicity,Identity &Literature.Eds.AnooradhaChakrabartyBaruaand HemantaKr.Nath. Sivasagar:TheSibsagarCollege,2012,549-556.ISBN81-924140-5-1.
⦁ Nationalism, Anti-Colonialismand Universalism inImperialIndia: The Poetry of Toru Dutt. Understanding BritainReader 1.Ed.PhilipDrummond.London:TheLondonSymposium, 2013,32-42.ISBN978-0-9573631-2-0.
⦁ The Consciousness that Gave Herthe World–AshapurnaDevi: A Feminist Re-reading’. AshapurnaDevi Reader.Ed. ChittabrataPalit. A publicationbytheMinistryofCulture,GovernmentofIndia, 2013.
⦁ Domain Domination and Gender: Reading Ashapurna Devi’s Public Life. BreakingTheSilence:ReadingVirginiaWoolf, AshapurnaDeviandSimoneDe Beauvoir.Eds.SanjuktaDasguptaandChinmoyGuha.Kolkata:DasGupta&Co.Pvt. Ltd.,2011,158-77.ISBN978-81-8211-077-9.
⦁ Features andLiterary Criticism.SunilGangopadhyay: A Reader. Ed.EnaksheeChattopadhyay.NewDelhi:SahityaAkademy,2009,83-105&377-403. ISBN978-81-260-2354-7.
⦁ Household Magazines in Bengal & Memoirs of Feminist Literary Historiography. Eds. SachinKetkar and MadhuritaChaudhary. (Forthcoming from Orient Blackswan, India).
Articles in Journals and Seminar Proceedings
⦁ Connecting Cultures: Rethinking Rabindranath Tagore’s Ideals of Education. Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13504630.2017.1387042 London: Routledge, Oct 2017.
Connecting cultures: rethinking Rabindranath Tagore’s ‘ideals of education’, Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture. 2018, 24:3, 412-423, DOI: 10.1080/13504630.2017.1387042
⦁ Tradition Transformation and Postcolonial Feminism in India’Bells. Vol.8. ISSN 1821-3138. UDC: 821.21.09 UDC: 305-055.2. Belgrade University: January 2017.
A Fact of the Fiction “Teen Talaaq”. Soi Creative Women. Dipannita Datta and ZainabQudsia (a conversation) on the recent debates on Teen Talaaq in India. http://www.soicreativewomen.org/ Kolkata: November 2016.
⦁ Transition and Feminism: Re-reading Ashapurna beyond Frontiers. Identity Culture & Politics – An Afro Asia Dialogue. Vol.15, No. 2, 1-20. ISSN 0851- 2914. Dhaka: ICES and CODESRIA in association with Centre for Alternatives, University of Dhaka, October 2016 (December 2014 Back Issue).
⦁ Translating Tagore in Serbia: Certain Inter-Cultural Perspectives (An Introduction). Philologia(a double peer reviewed journal for advanced research in the Humanities). Vol. 13/14, No. 14. ISSN 1451-5342. September 2016.
⦁ NationandtheFairnessofJustice:Tagore inSerbia.TheVisva-BharatiQuarterly. Vol. 23Nos.2&3,July2014–December2014, 25-42.ISSN0972-043X.
⦁ “CanScience BeHumanized?” AChallenge toHumanities. Humanitiesin the21stCentury:Perspectives,ChallengesandGoodPractices. Ed.ElenaXeni.Oxford:Inter-DisciplinaryPress,2014,19-30.ISBN:978-1-84888-359-8.
⦁ Ashapurna and the Idea of the Feminine. SOI-SABUD. Soi-Samman Special Number. Ed. NabaneetaDev Sen. Kolkata, 2013, 106-109 (continued to 127).
⦁ Crisis ofCivilisationtoCrisisofGlobalization?AReturnto Rabindranath Tagore. AcademicJournal. Singapore.Vol.44, 2012, 158-62.ISBN978-981-07-2857-71.
⦁ Personalising the World Education: Rabindranath Tagore and Visva-Bharati. UniversityofNoviSad,Serbia,2012,67-70.ISBN978-86-7672-167-72.
⦁ ToruDuttfromBritaintoBengal:Merging ofSharpContrasts ofall Colours. Apperception (Visva-Bharati). Vol.1No.5,2011,97-107.ISBN978-81-7522-491-9.
⦁ ‘Womanhood, aMyth andReality: Reassessing ColonialBengal intheWorks ofSantaDeviandSitaDevi’. SouthAsianReview.SpecialTopic Issue (PittsburghUniversity, U.S.A.). Vol.25,No.1,2004, 327-343.
⦁ ABrokenNest.Families,Indo-USJournalofRepresentations.Ed.SanjuktaDasgupta. Vol.1, No,2,2003,105-13.
⦁ Ashapurna Devi(in Bengali). Sreyoshi (a heritagewomen’sjournalof Visva-Bharati, India).Ed.AmitaSen. No. 13, December1996, 11-23.
⦁ SantaDevi, SitaDevi–JanmasatabarsheShraddharghya (inBengali). Ed.AmitaSen,Sreyoshi,No.12, December1995,1-15.