Welcome to Makarand.com!Makarand R. Paranjape is a Professor of English at Jawaharlal Nehru University's Centre for English at the School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies. He was educated at Bishop Cotton Boys' School, Bangalore, St. Stephen's College, New Delhi, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he received a Masters and PhD in English. He has been a Homi Bhabha Fellow for literature and held visiting appointments/fellowships at several institutions including the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Carleton University, Iowa University, University of Texas-Austin, Ball State University, University of Sao Paolo, Federal University of Minas Gerias, Murdoch University, Autonomous University of Barcelona, the Oxford Centre of Hindu Studies, and Universitat des Sarlandes.
At JNU he teaches courses at the M.A. and M.Phil level. His M.A. courses include American Literature, Indian Literature in English/Translation, Readings in Literary Theory and Criticism, Indian Literature in English/Translation, M. K. Gandhi: An Author, Globalizing India: Literature, Culture, Society, Literature and Allied Arts: Cinema, Colonial Discourse and Postcolonial Studies, and M.Phil courses include Research Methodology, Introduction to Contemporary Literary Theory, Literature in India, Postcolonial Literature and Theory, and so on. He also guides MPhil and Doctoral research students.
From 1994-99, he was Associate Professor in the Department of Humanities & Social Sciences at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, where he taught a variety of courses including Preparatory English, English in Practice, Introduction to Literature, American Literature, Indian Writing in English, Workshop in Creative Writing, Modern Indian Fiction in Translation, and Science and Humanism at the Undergraduate level, and Contemporary Critical Theory and Indian Writing in English at the Pre-Doctoral level.
Before that, he taught at the Department of English, University of Hyderabad (Central University) from 1989 to 1994, first as Fellow, then as Lecturer, and finally as Reader. He taught M.A. and M.Phil. level courses such as Commonwealth Literature, 17th Century Literature, Victorian Literature, Literary Theory and Criticism, Indian Writing in English, a Special Author course on Sarojini Naidu, and Introduction to Research Methodology, and guided research.
Makarand has been productive as a critic, poet, novelist, short-story writer, literary columnist, and reviewer. He has edited or authored about thirty-five books and published more than 100 academic papers both in India and abroad, in addition to poems, short stories, and more than 250 periodical essays, reviews, and other publications.
Makarand has organized and coordinated several international conferences. He has also been an invited speaker and presented academic papers all over India and in over fifty countries abroad.
He served as Chair, Centre for Linguistics and English and of the Centre for English Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, as well as the Coordinator of the UGC Special Assistance Programme from 2003-2008. In addition, he has been the Principal Investigator in an international project called Indian Perspectives on Science and Spirituality. For several years, he has also been a member and active participant in the Alliance for Responsible, Plural and United World. He was also Joint Coordinator of the China-India Intercultural Dialogue for five years under the auspices of the Alliance. He was founding editor of Evam: Forum on Indian Representations, an international biannual journal as also the Managing Trustee of the non-profit Samvad India Foundation.
This site contains samples of Makarand's published works. You can view his full list of publications in the section About Makarand.