Sandeep Banerjee

 Sandeep Banerjee
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514 398 4400 Ext 00367
Email address: 
sandeep.banerjee [at]

McGill University
Department of English

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

Associate Professor

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, Global Anglophone, and World literature; Bengali Literature; The British Empire; Long c19 British Literature; Ecocriticism, Literary Geography, and the Environmental Humanities; The Cultural Cold War; The Novel; The Travelogue and Travel Writing; Non-western or “Peripheral” Aesthetics; Literary and Social Theory.

Taught previously at: 

Syracuse University

Awards, honours, and fellowships: 
  • SSHRC Insight Grant, 2019-24. Project: “Mountains of the Mind: The Himalaya and the Colonial Ecocritical Imagination, 1750-1950.” PI.  
  • Gerda Henkel Stiftung, Germany: Research Grant in the Special Programme – Islam, the Modern Nation State and Transnational Movements. Project: "My Golden Bengal: Making of a Muslim Nation in Bangladesh." 2018 - 20. Co-PI.
  • Louis Dudek Award for Excellence in Teaching, Department of English, McGill University, Montréal, Canada. 2016 – 17.
  • Faculty Fellowship, Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas (IPLAI), McGill University, Montréal, Canada. 2016 – 18.
  • 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: 


Space, Utopia and Indian Decolonization: Literary Pre-Figurations of the Postcolony (Routledge, 2019).

Journal Articles

Beyond the Intimations of Mortality: Chakrabarty, Anthropocene, and the Politics of the Im/Possible.” Mediations. 30.2(2017): 1 – 14.

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.

Editorial Positions:

Series Co-Editor (with Monica Popescu and Katherine Zien): Routledge Studies in Cultures of the Global Cold War.

Member, Editorial Collective: positions: asia critique

Current research: 

Realism, Modernism, and Irrealism in nineteenth and twentieth century South Asian literature.
• The colonial Himalaya and the literary imagination.


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