Saikat Majumdar is a novelist and critic. He was educated in India and in the United States, where he taught for several years, most recently at Stanford University, before returning to India. He teaches courses in modern and contemporary world literature in English, critical theory, the novel and narrative, colonial and postcolonial studies, and fiction and nonfiction writing.
Saikat is the author of five books, including the novel The Scent of God (Simon & Schuster, forthcoming 2019), and College: Pathways of Possibility (Bloomsbury, 2018), a book on undergraduate education in India written for a general audience.
Previous novels include Silverfish (HarperCollins, 2007), and The Firebird (Hachette 2015 & 2017), published in the US as Play House (The Permanent Press, 2017), one of Telegraph’s Best Books of 2015 and a finalist for the Atta-Galatta/Bangalore Literature Festival Fiction Prize in 2015 and the Mumbai Film Festival Word-to-Screen Market in 2016.
His book on global modernisms, Prose of the World: Modernism and the Banality of Empire (Columbia University Press & Orient Blackswan, 2013 & 2015) was a finalist for the Modernist Studies Association Annual Book Prize in 2014. With Aarthi Vadde from Duke University, he is co-editing a collection of essays by leading critics in the UK, India, and the US, The Critic as Amateur (Bloomsbury, under contract).
Saikat’s scholarship has appeared in major journals and collections, including PMLA, NLH: New Literary History, Cambridge History of the Indian Novel in English, Modern Fiction Studies, and Literary Activism: A Collection of Perspectives, Ed. Amit Chaudhuri. His work also features in mainstream venues such as The Hindu, Outlook, Times Higher Education, Hindustan Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, Times Literary Supplement, Indian Express, Caravan, Scroll, Telegraph, and Times of India.
He is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute for Advanced Studies at JNU, The University of Chicago, and the Humanities Center at Stanford University.
In 2017, Saikat was named a Fellow at the Suzy Newhouse Center for the Humanities at Wellesley College