Assistant Professor and Head of the Department
My research interests include Lacanian Psychoanalysis, Caste Studies, and Holocaust Studies.
I wrote my M. Phil. dissertation on how the Lacanian notion of “sexual non-rapport” figures in the novels of the British postmodernist author John Fowles. Apart from lectures and invited talks, I have, as of 2019, presented my research findings on Jacques Lacan at three international conferences organized, respectively, by the University of London, UK; Ghent University, Belgium; and Birkbeck College, London. My paper “Eyes a man could drown in: Phallic Myth and Femininity in John Fowles’s The French Lieutenant’s Woman” (2017) was published in Interdisciplinary Literary Studies: A Journal of Criticism and Theory, issued by the Pennsylvania State University Press, USA. In January 2018, Orient BlackSwan published my book Jacques Lacan: From Clinic to Culture.
My Ph.D. thesis was on “Swami Vivekananda and the Question of the Other,” wherein I had studied the Vedantic approach to the idea of alterity and the treatment of the subaltern by the caste Hindus. Currently, I am working on trauma and transnational memory in Holocaust narratives, a topic which I explored in detail at an International Summer School held in 2019 at the Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp Memorial, Germany.
PhD English (2019, Jadavpur University)
M Phil English (2012, Jadavpur University)
MA English (2010, Jadavpur University)
BA English Hons. (2008, Jadavpur University)
I was born and brought up in a remote village in the coastal areas of the Sundarbans, West Bengal. My family, like 90% of the inhabitants of my village, Paschim Radhanagar, lived much below the poverty line. There was no electricity in our village, like many other villages in that part of the South 24 Parganas. Electricity has partly reached there only in 2018. Our house was, at that time, made of mud-walls and thatch-roofs. Almost all the houses there were. The streets were built with chunks of soil – not even bricks. As flood was a regular experience, river water would drown the muddy streets, and amid storms, I would brave going to my school. A school, once again, which had no electricity. I studied till the tenth standard there before I came to Kolkata. The rest is history.
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Editor-in-Chief, All About Ambedkar: A Journal on Theory and Praxis
Member, Editorial Board, The Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities
Member, Editorial Board, Spring Magazine on English Literature
Mandal, Mahitosh. (2018). Jacques Lacan: from Clinic to Culture. Hyderabad: Orient Blackswan.
Select Research Papers (in blind peer-reviewed journals)
Mandal, Mahitosh. (2017). "'Eyes a man could drown in': Phallic Myth and Femininity in John Fowles's The French Lieutenant’s Woman." Interdisciplinary Literary Studies: A Journal of Criticism and Theory 19 (3): 274-298.
Mandal, Mahitosh and Priyanka Das. (2019). "Rethinking Communism in the Age of Trump and Modi: The Bengali Film Ghya Chang Fou Sets Milestone in Cinematic History." Mise-en-scène: The Journal of Film & Visual Narration 4 (2): 78-81.
Select Book Chapter
Mandal, Mahitosh. (2014). "A House for Taslima: Reflections on an 'Exilic' Intellectual." In The Diasporic Dilemma: Exile, Alienation And Belonging, eds. Pradipta Mukherjee and Sajal K. Bhattacharya, 118-133. New Delhi: Creative Books.
Select Opinion Pieces
Mandal, Mahitosh. (2020). "Liars Masquerading as Communists: The Curious Case of CPIM in Bengal." Round Table India, 17 May 2020.
Mandal, Mahitosh. (2020). "Why Vivekananda would have Opposed any Ramakrishna Mission Collaboration with the BJP." Scroll.in, 21 September 2020.
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Email: mahitosh.eng at presiuniv.ac.in
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