|Professor in Contemporary Literature||
A dot Chaudhuri at uea dot ac dot uk
Tel: +44 (0)1603 59 3707
Amit Chaudhuri was born in Calcutta in 1962, and grew up in Bombay. He was educated at the Cathedral and John Connon School, Bombay, University College London, and at Balliol College, Oxford, where he wrote a doctoral dissertation on DH Lawrence.
AMIT CHAUDHURI is Professor of Contemporary Literature at UEA. He is the author of five novels, the latest of which is The Immortals, which was a New Yorker, San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe and Irish Times Best Book of the Year. He is also the author of a book of short stories, Real Time, a book of critical essays, Clearing a Space, a book of poems, a critical study of DH Lawrence's poetry, D H Lawrence and 'Difference' ('a pathbreaking work', Terry Eagleton, London Review of Books), and is the editor of the Picador Book of Modern Indian Literature. Among the awards he has won for his fiction are the Commonwealth Writers Prize, the Betty Trask Prize, the Encore Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction, and the Government of India's Sahitya Akademi Award. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and was a judge of the Man Booker International Prize. In 2008, a Guardian editorial about him appeared in the newspaper's famous 'In Praise of...' series. His first novel, A Strange and Sublime Address, is included in Colm Toibin and Carmen Callil’s Two Hundred Best Novels of the Last Fifty Years. His second novel, Afternoon Raag, was on Anne Enright’s list of 10 Best Short Novels in the Guardian. He writes regularly for the London Review of Books, the Times Literary Supplement, and the Guardian, and is also a vocalist in the Indian classical tradition. His project in crossover music has been performed all over the world, and he has been a featured artiste on flagship culture programmes on television and radio in the UK, including the Review Show (BBC 2) Late Junction (Radio 3), and Loose Ends (Radio 4). His version of 'Summertime' was featured on the BBC 4 television documentary, Gershwin's Summertime: the Song that Conquered the World. He was Creative Arts Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford, Leverhulme Special Research Fellow at the Faculty of English, Cambridge, a Visiting Professor at the Writing School, Columbia University, and Samuel Fischer Guest Professor at Freie University, Berlin.
Amit Chaudhuri teaches the Prose Fiction MA in Creative Writing at UEA, and supervises PhD students in both creative writing and literature. The inaugural creative writing workshop in prose fiction begins in Calcutta in March 2013 under his direction.
Chaudhuri, Amit (2006) The East as Career. New Left Review, 40. pp. 111-126.
Chaudhuri, Amit (2009) The Immortals. Picador. ISBN 9780330455800
Chaudhuri, Amit (2008) Clearing a Space: Reflections on India, Literature, and Culture. Peter Lang. ISBN 9781906165017
Chaudhuri, Amit (2008) Memory's Gold : Writings on Calcutta. Penguin India. ISBN 9780670082520
Chaudhuri, Amit (2004) The Vintage Book of Modern Indian Literature. Vintage Books USA, p. 646. ISBN 037571300X
Chaudhuri, Amit and Tim Paulin, (2003) D.H Lawrence and 'Difference': Postcoloniality and the Poetry of the Present. Oxford University Press, p. 240. ISBN 0199260524
Chaudhuri, Amit (2002) Real Time: Stories and a Memoir in Verse. Picador, p. 272. ISBN 9780330491303
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