AVISHEK PARUI                     

Assistant Professor

Department of Humanities and Social Sciences

IIT Madras









Email: avishekparui@iitm.ac.in


Office Phone: +91 (44) 2257 4535

PhD in English Studies (2010-2013)

Department of English Studies

Durham University UK

Supervisors: Professor Patricia Waugh and Dr John Nash            

Thesis Title: The Literature of Bio-Political Panic: European Imperialism, Nervous Conditions and Masculinities

from 1900 to 9/11. 

M.A. in English Literature (2005-2007)

Presidency College, University of Calcutta

Professional Memberships:

Teaching Experience:

  • IIT Madras, Chennai: Since November 2017

  • IIT Guwahati, Guwahati: July 2014 - November 2017

  • Department of English Studies, Durham University: September 2013- June 2014 (As Post-doctoral Tutor)

Research Interests:

  • Modernism

  • Masculinity Studies

  • Memory Studies

  • Critical Theory


Google Scholar Citations 


Scopus ID: https://www.scopus.com/authid/detail.uri?authorId=56155263700


Parui, Avishek. Culture and the Literary: Matter, Metaphor, Memory

(Contracted with Rowman and Littlefield)


Parui, Avishek. Postmodern Literatures. Literary Context Series. New Delhi: Orient Blackswan, 2018.



Journal Articles

'“An umbrella made of precious gems”: An Examination of Memory and Diasporic Identities in Kerala Jewish Songs

and Literature. Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in HumanitiesVolume 12, Number 5, 2020


DOI: 10.21659/rupkatha.v12n5.rioc1s32n1

(Co-authored with Shiji Mariam Varghese)


These were made-to-order babies’: Reterritorialised Kinship, Neoliberal Eugenics and

Artificial Reproductive Technology in Kishwar Desai’s Origins of Love.

Journal of Medical Humanities. British Medical Journal (BMJ)

24 May 2019. 


(With Manali Karmakar)

Memory and Meals: Remembering and  Representing the Jewish cultural codes and Identity Markers

in Esther David’s Book of Rachel . CASS Studies Journal.Vol 3 Issue 1 (March 2019) 


(With Shiji Mariam Varghese)

"Victor’s Progeny: Premonition of a Bioengineered Age". Literature and MedicineJohns Hopkins University Press

 Volume 36, Number 2, Fall 2018. pp. 337-355. 



Co-authored with Manali Karmakar

“Imagine what it would be like to have a brand-new heart”: Biosentimentality and embodied-relationality in 

Change of Heart: A Novel."  Cogent Arts and Humanities. Vol 5 Issue 1.


Co-authored with Manali Karmakar

"Embodiment and Entangled Subjectivity: A Study of Robin Cook’s Coma, Priscille Sibley’s The Promise of

Stardust and Alexander Beliaev’s Professor Dowell’s Head". Journal of Medical Humanities (Springer)

(March 2018) (Co-authored with Manali Karmakar)




‘“What’s the use of stories that aren’t even true?”Agency, Fabulation and the Epistemology of the Storytelling Self in Salman    Rushdie’s Haroun and the Sea of Stories.’ Special issue on Salman Rushdie in South Asian Review (2017)

DOI: 10.1080/02759527.2014.11932954


Winner of the Meenakshi Mukherjee Prize 2019 for the best published paper. Indian Association of Commonwealth 

Literature and Language Studies.   

‘For the life of him he could not remember’: Post-War Memory, Mourning and Masculinity Crisis in Katherine

Mansfield’s ‘The Fly’. Katherine Mansfield Studies. Vol. 8. Special Issue on Mansfield and Psychology, Edinburgh

University Press ed. Clare Hanson (September 2016): 113-124.  DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9781474417532.003.0009



Cited in Cambridge University Press


Memory, Nation and the Crisis of Location in Saadat Hasan Manto’s ‘Toba Tek Singh’. Short Fiction in Theory and

Practice Vol. 5 No. 2 (October 2015): 57-67. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1386/fict.5.1-2.57_1


'"Do you see the story?" Consciousness, Cognition and Crisis of Narration in Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness.'

Janus Head Vol. 15, Issue 1 (February 2016): 117-136.  http://www.janushead.org/15-1/Avishek%20Parui.pdf

Selected resource text for the course Modern Times: Literature and Culture in the 20th Century (KWB208) at

Queensland University, Brisbane, Australia

‘“Exploring Hands Encounter No Defence”: The Episteme of Violence and Consumption in The Waste Land.’

Peer English Leicester University Issue 8 (February 2013): 51-66.


"The White Man's Exile: Space, Consciousness and the Imperial Project in Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness".

Indian Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies Journal. Vol. 2 (October 2016): 9-17.

“Coffee, carefully poured and consumed, puts the idea under chloroform”: The dialectic of the ideational and the

personalorders in Walter Benjamin’s One Way Street.’ Journal of the School of Language, Literature and Cultural

Studies. Ed. G. J. V. Prasad. JNU (Spring 2012): 99-111.

‘“All is hubble-bubble, swarm and chaos”: The cognitive contingencies and possibilities in Virginia Woolf’s “The Cinema.”’ Postgraduate English Department of English, Durham University Issue 23 (September 2011)


Book Chapters

“‘Human nature is remorseless”: Masculinity, Medical Science and Nervous Conditions in Virginia Woolf’s

Mrs Dalloway.’ The Male Body in Medicine and Literature. Ed. Andrew Mangham and Daniel Lea.

Oxford: Liverpool University Press, 2018. 120-36.

DOI: 10.2307/j.ctvgd281.12



'Masculinity, Monstrosity and Sustainability in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein'. Romantic Sustainability.

Ed. Ben Robertson. New York: Lexington Books. 187-98.


“‘The Nerves in Patterns on a Screen”: Hysteria, Hauntology and Cinema in T.S.Eliot’s early poetry from Prufrock to

The Waste Land.’ Film and Literary Modernism. Ed. Robert McParland. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing,

2013. 96-106.


Cited in The Newsletter of The T.S.Eliot Society, Number 83, Summer 2014 


and The Cambridge Companion to The Waste Land, ed. Gabrielle McIntire (Cambridge: Cambridge

University Press, 2015)  


‘Dreamed Cinema, Cinematic Dreams: Dreamscapes, Neurosis and Desire in Federico Fellini’s 8½.’ Dreamscapes in

Italian Cinema. Ed. Francesco Pascuzzi. NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2014. 1-18.


'Gothic Horror and Racial Infection in Bram Stoker’s Dracula'. Gothic and Racism. Ed Cristina Artenie. Montreal:

Universitas Press. 12-28.



Encyclopaedia Entries

Parui, Avishek. "Ray, Satyajit (1921–1992)." The Routledge Encyclopaedia of Modernism. : Taylor and Francis, 2016.

Date Accessed 2 May. 2018 https://www.rem.routledge.com/articles/ray-satyajit-1921-1992.


Parui, Avishek. "Cabinet of Doctor Caligari (1922)." The Routledge Encyclopaedia of Modernism.

: Taylor and Francis, 2016. Date Accessed 2 May. 2018



Popular Articles

'The Heart of Reading', Economic & Political Weekly, Vol 53, Issue 4, 27 January 2018


'Fear of Flying', Economic & Political Weekly, Vol. 51, Issue 20, May 14, 2016.


'No Offence Taken', Economic & Political Weekly, Vol. 49, Issue 43-44, November 1, 2014.


'To Laugh or Not to Laugh: The Non-Innocent Logic of Laughter', Economic & Political Weekly, Vol. 49, Issue 24,

June 14, 2014. http://www.epw.in/journal/2014/24/postscript/laugh-or-not-laugh.html

'Private Pleasures;, Economic & Political Weekly,Vol. 49, Issue 20, May 17, 2014


'To buy or Not to Buy, That is the Question', The Telegraph, October 11, 2012.


'More Curry Please, We're British!', The Telegraph, February 21, 2013


Creative Writing

'Metropolis', Borderless, 9 April 2020


'After Twenty Years', Kitaab, 13 April 2019


'The Dead', Kitaab, 30 December 2017.


'Dyakha', The Bombay Review, 26 February 2017.


'Dry Day', The Bangalore Review, December 2016.


'Notes from the Underground', Humanities Underground, August (2015) 


'Glitch', Humanities Underground, November (2012). 


'No Hideouts Found', in Shrapnel Minima, ed. Prasanta Chakravarty. London & New York: Seagull Books. 302-306.


Icarus, Blacberry Notes and Other Short Stories.




'Illness as defamiliarization: A Reading of Virginia Woolf's 'On Being Ill'. Literature & Disease Podcast Series.

University of Hyderabad. 12 July 2020. 


'When Is Modernism?' with Michael Shallcross and Tony Patterson

Literature, History and Culture SeriesResearch in English At Durham (READ)


'Masculinity, Mimicry and the Crisis of Agency in the Colonial Contact Zone: A Study of George Orwell's "Shooting

an Elephant"'Easter Lectures 2014 Research in English At Durham (READ)


Conference Presentations

‘There will be time, there will be time’: Multiple temporalities and masculine embodiments in

T. S. Eliot’s Prufrock and Other Observations. Modernism and Multiple Temporalities, Modernist Studies in

Asia Conference. Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo. 12-14 September 2019.

"From Cross-dressing to Power Dressing: Sartorial Appropriations of Masculinity by Women in the Public Gaze". International Conference on Gender Studies: "Gender and Power" organised by London Centre for Interdisciplinary Research.  Birkbeck College, University of London. 2 March 2019. (With PhD scholar Mridula Robert)

'Partitioned bodies: Mapping the mutilated and muted bodies in Saadat Hasan Manto’s fiction'. Performing Bodies.

Welcome Trust Symposium on Medical Humanities. IIT Hyderabad. 1-2 February 2019.

'Creative Writing: Making Models of Complex Communication'.  Kenyon & IITM Writing Workshop.

Collaborative Project between Kenyon College and IIT Madras. 10th December to 14th December, 2018.

'Domesticating the Non-normative: Representing the Queer Cultural Icons in Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls.'

National Conference on 'Being and Doing Gender: Multidisciplinary Perspectives'.

Department of Women Studies, University of Madras. 6-7 December 2018.

Co-authored with PhD scholar Mridula Robert.

'Alcoholic, Alienated and Melancholic Masculinities in Selected Short Fiction of Ernest Hemingway'.

Gender (Mis)Representations. International Conference on Gender Studies.

Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge. London Centre for Interdisciplinary Research. 1-2 December 2018.

Co-authored with Masters supervisee Shreyashee Roy.

‘Empathy and Embodiment in T. S. Eliot’s Prufrock and Other Observations'. Modernism and Empathy Conference.

Education University of Hong Kong. 15-16 June 2018.

'Masculinity and Populist Rhetoric in the Political Sphere: A Study of Post-2014 India' (Skype Presentation).

Political Masculinities and Populism Conference. Political Masculinities Network. University of Landau, Germany.

1-3 December 2017.

'Violence, Trauma and Narration: A Study of Saadat Hasan Manto's fiction on the 1947 Partition'.

International Society for Narrative Conference. Lexington, Kentucky. 23-26 March 2017. 

'Post-Partition Memory and Diasporic Identities in Sunil Gangopadhyay's Purba Paschim (East West)'.

English, Diaspora and Indian Literatures. Hyderabad Central University. 6 March 2017. 

'Interrupted identities. Examining the entanglement of traumatic and narrative memories in Partition experiences:

A CaseStudy of Siddhartha Deb's The Point of Return.' Revisiting Partition Conference.

Indian Council of Social Science Research. IIT Guwahati. 9-11 February 2017.

'Empathy, Agency and Affect: Through the Literary Glass.' Conference on The Crisis of Multiple Identities in the Contemporary World. Indian Council of Philosophical Research. 15-17 February 2016.

'Memory, Mimesis and Self-Reflective Storytelling: Reading Roland Barthes by Roland Barthes.'

"Roland Barthes: Today, Here" organized by the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT-Delhi in

collaboration with The Institut Francais en Inde. Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, 10-11 December 2015.


‘Memory, Nation and the Crisis of Location in Saadat Hassan Manto’s Short Fiction’. European Network for Short

Fiction Conference. Reading Short Fiction in Transnational Contexts. Trinity College and University College Dublin,

17-18 April 2015.  http://ensfr.hypotheses.org/222

'The White Man’s Exile: Space, Consciousness and the Imperial Project in Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness'.

Indian Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies Annual Conference, BITS Pilani Goa, 12-14 February 2015

'Empire, Monstrosity and White Masculinity Panic: A Case Study of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein'. Romanticism,

Empire and Indo-British Cultural Relations Conference, Central University of Hyderabad, 27-28 October 2014.

‘“Suddenly the darkness turned into water”: Delayed Decoding as a Narrative and Cognitive Condition in the Works of Joseph Conrad.’ Postclassical Narratology Conference. University of Wuppertal, Germany, 23-25 June, 2013.

‘“The nerves in patterns on a screen”: Hauntology and the technology of cinema in T.S.Eliot’s early poetry from

Prufrock to The Waste Land.’ Forms of Innovation Conference. Durham University, 14 September 2012.

‘“The last word he pronounced was — your name”: Narration and transmission in Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness.’

Moving Towards Science in the Long Nineteenth Century Conference. Literary and Philosophical Society, Newcastle,

12 September 2012.

‘“None of your American Wonders, this time”: Terrorism, Hysteria and Self-fashioning in H.G.Wells’s The Invisible


Oxford University Graduate Conference, 1 June 2012. 

‘Malingerers and Shiverers: Studying the Medical Politics of the Post-War Male Body in Shell-Shock.’ Body,

Corporeality and Identity Conference. Department of Archaeology, Durham University, 19 May 2012.

‘“Politics be Damned”: Fetish and Fragility in Virginia Woolf’s “Solid Objects”.’ New Work in Modernist Studies

Conference. Institute of English Studies, University of London, 3 December 2011.

‘“All is hubble-bubble, swarm and chaos”: Cognitive Contingencies and Possibilities in Virginia Woolf’s “The Cinema”.’

InterText Conference. Durham University, 23 September 2011.

‘“My self-possession gutters, we are really in the dark”: Melancholia and Modernity in Eliot’s early Poetry.’

Poetry and Melancholia Conference. Stirling University, 7-9 July 2011.

 ‘Bridging the Granite and the Rainbow: Virginia Woolf and the Legacies of Subverting the Cartesian Mind-Body

Dualism.’ Bloomsbury Adaptations Conference. Bath Spa University, 5-6 May 2011

Invited lectures and workshops 

Workshop on Memory Studies. Faculty of Arts, Banaras Hindu University. 12 August 2020


New Normal and New Literary Trends. Saahitya Akademi Panel Discussion. 18 July 2020.


Plenary lecture at the international conference 'The New Normal" Virtuality, Personal Branding and Humanities

Education in the post-COVID 19 world. VIT Chennai. 20 July 2020. 


‘Masculinity and imperial performance in George Orwell's 'Shooting an Elephant'.

Royal Global University, Guwahati. 3 June 2020. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gonyiuYq4f0

Consciousness, Cognition, and Memory: Innovations in Cultural Literary Studies. 17 February 2020. 

Hyderabad Central University. 



Invited Visiting Fellow in March 2017 for DSA-II in the Department of English Studies, Hyderabad Central University

Invited Resource Person for the UGC-Sponsored Refresher Course on Travel Writing and Literature at Sambalpur


10 December 2014

'Literature, Memory and the Storytelling Self', School of Cognitive Science, Jadavpur University, 21 November 2016

'Literary Studies, Memory Studies and Cognitive Psychology: A Methodological Approach to Interdisciplinary Research',

Hyderabad Central University, 8 September 2015.

‘"And suddenly the memory revealed itself": Consciousness, Epiphany, and Remembrance in Literature and Cognitive

Neuroscience' , English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad, 29 October 2014 followed by a workshop entitled

Cognitive Poetics.

Delivered a critical response to Dr. Jan Slaby’s paper ('Biocapital: A Template for a Critical Theory of the Neurosciences')

in the Critical Medical Humanities Symposium at Durham University on 5 November 2013 (on invitation by the organizer

Dr. Angela Woods) and was subsequently invited (by Dr. Felicity Callard) to write a report on the symposium http://medicalhumanities.wordpress.com/2013/11/25/critical-medical-humanities-symposium-review-by-avishek-parui/

Delivered an interactive presentation (on invitation) entitled 'Practising Creative Writing', at the Arts Café, St. Aidan’s College, Durham University, on 15 October 2013  


 ‘Modernism and the Metropolis: Lights, Camera, Consciousness,’ Late Summer Lecture Series, Durham University, 31 August 2011.

‘The dialectics of Postmodern Historiography’, Ustinov College Public Seminar, Durham University, 23 October 2010.

Events Organised 


Apollo's Legacy and the Meaning of Moon Landing after 50 years. With Dr Roger Launius (former chief

historian, NASA and Dr Merin Simi Raj. 23 January 2020. Memory Studies Network, IIT Madras and XR Lab, TCS Chennai. 



Workshop on Memory Studies. Chennai Literary Festival, 7th edition (in collaboration with University of Madras).

9 January 2020.


First annual Memory Studies Conference, IIT Madras. 2-4 October 2019. With Dr. Merin Simi Raj.  Memory Studies Network, IIT Madras and XR Lab, TCS Chennai. 


Extended Reality and Empathy. An academia-industry interface event on Memory Studies and Digital Storytelling in collaboration with TCS. With Dr Merin Simi Raj. March 26 2019. IIT Madras



Courses Designed and Taught

Gender and Literature (NPTEL Course Taught in March-September 2017) https://onlinecourses.nptel.ac.in/noc17_hs27/preview

Introduction to Cultural Studies (NPTEL course taught in July-October 2018)


Feminist Writings (NPTEL Course taught in July-November 2019) 




Twentieth Century Fiction (NPTEL Course taught in January-May 2020)