“The New Voyager: Theory and Practice of South Asian Literary Modernisms.”
Dr. Banerjee's dissertation, The New Voyager: Theory and Practice of South Asian Literary Modernisms, investigates how literary modernisms in Bengali, Hindi, and Indian English functioned as much as a turning away and remixing of earlier literary traditions as a journey of engagement between the individual writer and his or her response to and attempts to re-create the modern world. This thesis explores how theories and practices of literary modernism developed in Bengali, Hindi, and Indian English in the early to mid-20th century, and explores the representations and debates surrounding literary modernisms in journals such as Kallol, Kavitā, and Krittibās in Bengali, the Nayī Kavitā journal and the Tār Saptak group in Hindi, and the Writers Workshop group in English. theories of modernism and translation as proposed by South Asian literary critics such as Dipti Tripathi, Acharya Nand Dulare Bajpai, Buddhadeva Bose, and Bhola Nath Tiwari are contrasted to the manifestos of modernism found in journals such as Krittibās and against Agyeya’s defense of experimentalism (prayogvād) from the Tār Saptak anthology. The dissertation then goes on to discuss how literary modernisms in South Asia occupied a vital space between local and global traditions, formal and canonical concerns, and between social engagement and individual expression. In doing so, this thesis notes how the study of modernist practices and theory in Bengali, Hindi, and English provides insight into the pluralistic, multi-dimensional, and ever-evolving cultural sphere of modern South Asia beyond the suppositions of postcolonial binaries and monolingual paradigms.
- “Between Post-Independence and the Cold War: An Exploration of Agha Shahid Ali’s Publications with the Writers Workshop.” Mad Heart Be Brave: On the Poetry of Agha Shahid Ali. Ed. Kazim Ali. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2017.
- “Narrative as Provocation.” Los Angeles Review of Books. Los Angeles, CA: Spring 2016.
- “Amrita Pritam: Sexual Politics and Publishing in Mid-20th Century India.” VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. Online. February 2016.
- “Calcutta, Marwaris, and the World of Hindi Letters.” Dissertation Reviews. Online. January 2016.
- “War is Beautiful: An Interview with David Shields.” Electric Literature. Brooklyn, NY: November 2015.
- “Paging Ms. Marvel: The Perks and Perils of Creating an Islamic, Feminist Superhero.” Jaggery: A DesiLit Arts and Literature Journal. Chicago: Summer 2014.
- “Review of Kazim Ali’s Fasting for Ramadan.” Jaggery: A DesiLit Arts and Literature Journal. Chicago: Fall 2013.
- “Āj Āmār Sonār Bānglā: Giving Voice to Modern Bengali Culture Today.” Bengali Newsletter. Watertown, MA: Fall 2009.