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Sandeep Banerjee

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514 398 4400 Ext 00367
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sandeep [dot] banerjee [at] mcgill [dot] ca

McGill University
Department of English

Arts Building
853 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, QC H3A 0G5

Assistant Professor
Arts 370
Office hours: 

Mondays 11:00 – 1:00, or by appointment


Ph.D. (Syracuse University, USA)
M. Phil., (University of Oxford, UK)
M.A. (Jadavpur University, India)
B.A. Honours (Jadavpur University, India)

Nineteenth Century
Twentieth Century
Postcolonial & World Literature
Teaching areas: 

Postcolonial and World literature; Literature and the British Empire; Long c19 British Literature; Bengali Literature (Colonial and Postcolonial); Production of Space and Nature; Nationalism; Globalization; The Novel; Peripheral Aesthetics; Literary and Social Theory; Historical Materialism.

Taught previously at: 

Syracuse University

Awards, honours, and fellowships: 
  • Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC): Établissement de nouveaux professeurs-chercheurs grant, 2015 – 2018. [Project: “Les montagnes magiques: la production coloniale de l’Himalaya et l’imagination littéraire, de 1800 à 1950”/ “The Magic Mountains: Colonial Production of the Himalaya and the Literary Imagination, 1800 – 1950”]
  • Dissertation Fellowship, Humanities Center, Syracuse University, 2012 – 13.
  • Research Grant, South Asia Center, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, 2012.
  • University Fellowship, Graduate School, Syracuse University, 2011 – 12.
  • Goekjian Research Grant, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, 2012.
  • University Fellowship, Graduate School, Syracuse University, 2007 – 08.
  • British Chevening Radhakrishnan Oxford Scholarship, co-funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the UK Govt. and University of Oxford, 2000 – 02.
Selected publications: 

Journal Articles

Secularising the Sacred, Imagining the Nation-Space: The Himalaya in Bengali Travelogues, 1856 – 1901.” (co-authored) Modern Asian Studies. 49.3(2015): 609 – 649.

Why, This is (Not Quite) London!: The Spectre of Kipling in Contemporary Kolkata.Critical Imprints. 3(2015): 1 – 21.

“‘Not altogether Unpicturesque’: Samuel Bourne and the Landscaping of the Victorian Himalaya.Victorian Literature and Culture: Special Issue on Victorian India. 42(2014): 351 – 368.

Book Chapters

The City as Nation: Delhi as the Indian Nation in Bengali Bhadralok Travelogues, 1866 - 1910” (co-authored) in Cities in South Asia. Eds. Crispin Bates and Minuro Mio. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 2015. 125 – 142. 

A Brief History of South Asia” in South Asia in the World: An Introduction. (primary author) Ed. Susan S. Wadley. Armonk, NY: ME Sharpe, 2014. 22 – 65.

“Raymond Williams: Materialist Approach to Culture, Literature, Media and Politics – The Critical Terrain of Marxism” in Modern Social Thinkers. Ed. Pradip Basu. Calcutta: Setu Publishing, 2012. pp. 319 – 336.


From Little London to Little Bengal: Religion, Print & Modernity in Early British India 1793 – 1835 by Daniel E. White. University of Toronto Quarterly 84.3 (2015): 214 – 216.

Current research: 

• Indian anti-colonial nationalism and the production of the Indian nation-space.
• The colonial Himalaya and the literary imagination.