Shinjini Chattopadhyay

Shinjini Chattopadhyay2


Areas of Interest
Global Anglophone literatures, postcolonial literatures, world literatures, global modernisms, space and cosmopolitanism, textual criticism, periodical studies, multimedia composition, writing pedagogy

Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India, BA, MA, and MPhil


I specialize in global modernisms and world literatures. My dissertation investigates how postcolonialism inherits the legacies of modernist cosmopolitanism and then challenges and expands it by drawing attention to the cultural affiliations of historically marginalized communities. I juxtapose the depictions of London, Dublin, and Kolkata in both modernist and postcolonial novels and compare their respective metropolitan cosmopolitanisms. Examining the works of Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, Bernardine Evaristo, Nabarun Bhattacharya, and Ebun Joseph Akpoveta, I argue that cosmopolitanism, instead of imposing homogenizing global trends, preserves cultural distinctiveness and creates meaningful intercultural dialogues. I integrate my research into my teaching by building an inclusive, anti-racist, and decolonial pedagogy. I am especially interested in teaching multimedia composition and contemporary global literatures. 


“‘Allspace in a Notshall’: Examining Bygmester HCE’s Cosmopolitan City-Building in ‘Haveth Childers Everywhere’,” James Joyce Quarterly (forthcoming).

“Searching for Multivocality: A Collaborative Approach to the Western Home Monthly.” Modernism/Modernity Print Plus. Volume 4, Cycle 2, 2019.

“Giacomonic Oxen: Avant-texte or Intertext?” in Genesic Fields: James Joyce and Genetic Criticism, European Joyce Studies, ed. Genevieve Sartor (Amsterdam: Brill, May 2018), 82–94. 

“‘Cityful Passing Away’: Giacomo Joyce and Trieste,” in Shakespearean Joyce/Joycean Shakespeare, Joyce Studies in Italy 18, ed. John McCourt (Rome: Anicia, 2016), 227–248.

“‘The Question is the Story Itself’: Multiplicity of Disnarration in Paul Auster’s The New York Trilogy,” in Disnarration: The Unsaid Matters, ed. Sudha Shastri (New Delhi: Orient BlackSwan, 2016), 85–94.     

Recent Conference Presentations

“The Rooted Cosmopolitanism of Virginia Woolf: Following the Discursive Tours in Orlando,” Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf, Virtual, June 2021. 

“‘Commodius Vicus of Recirculation’: The Transnational Journey of the Pre-book Publication of Finnegans Wake I.8,” Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Annual Convention, Virtual, March 2021. 

“Maximizing the Success of Multilingual Students: Strategies for Designing Transparent Assignments and Equitable Rubrics,” Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Annual Convention, Virtual, March 2021.

“Interrogating the Subaltern Cosmopolitanism of Twenty-first Century Kolkata in Nabarun Bhattacharya’s Kāngal Mālshāt,” The British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference, Virtual, February 2021. (Won the Nichols Graduate Award for best paper presented by a graduate student) 

“Addressing Implicit Biases among Students and Creating an Inclusive Classroom,” Modern Language Association (MLA) Annual Convention, Virtual, January 2021.

“Understanding Planetarity through the Destruction and Regeneration of the Modernist City,” American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, March 2020 (Postponed to April 2021 because of COVID-19).