Curriculum Vitaé (in Brief)

Name:  Makarand R. PARANJAPE

PRESENT POSITION and ADDRESS: Professor of English, Centre for English Studies, School of Language, Literature, and Culture Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi-110067,  INDIA
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EDUCATION: B.A.(Hons.) in English, St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi.
M.A. and Ph.D. in English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA.

Academic Honours:  Distinction in PhD exam; Distinction in the special field exam; first rank in M.A. Comprehensive Exam; CGPA 5.0 on a 5 point scale throughout M.A. and PhD; first rank in B.A. (Hons) English at Delhi University in 1st and 2nd years; first class throughout.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE :  Over twenty-five years of undergraduate/postgraduate teaching in USA and in India.

  • 1980-1986: Teaching Assistant, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • 1986-1994: Lecturer, then Reader, University of Hyderabad (Central University).
  • 1994-1999: Associate Professor, Department of Humanities & Social Sciences, Indian Instituteof Technology, New Delhi.
  • 1999-onwards: Professor of English, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.


  • Homi Bhabha Fellow for Literature, 1991-1993
  • Visiting Professor, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, 1996.
  • Shastri Indo-Candian Research Fellow, University of Calgary, Canada, Summer 2000.
  • Visiting Professor, Ball State University, Indiana, USA, Fall 2001.
  • IFUSS Fellow, University of Iowa, Iowa City, USA, Summer 2002.
  • Mellon Fellow, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin, Summer 2003 and Summer 2004.
  • Coordinator, UGC Special Assistance Programme, 2003-onwards.
  • Joint-Coordinator, China-India intercultural dialogue, 2004-2005.
  • GPSS research award, 2005-2006.
  • Australia India Council Fellow, 2005-2006.
  • GPSS Major Award 2006-2009.
  • Chair of the Jury for South Asia and Europe of the Commonwealth Writers Prize, 2007-2009.
  • Visiting Professor, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, April-October 2009.
  • Shivdasani Visiting Fellow, Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, University of Oxford,Michaelmas Term, 2009 (October-December).
  • Visiting Professor, Transcultural Anglophone Studies, Department of English, Universitat des Sarlandes, May-June 2010.

PUBLICATIONS (in chronological order)

Books Published:


  • Mysticism in Indian English Poetry. Delhi: B.R.Publishers, 1988.
  • Decolonization and Development: Hind Svaraj Revisioned.New Delhi and London: Sage Publications,1993.
  • Nativism: Essays in Literary Criticism. Editor. New Delhi: Sahitya Akademi, 1997.
  • Towards a Poetics of the Indian English Novel.Shimla: IIAS, 2000.
  • In Diaspora: Theories, Histories, Texts. Editor. New Delhi: Indialog, 2001.
  • Saundarya: The Perception and Practice of Beauty in India. Editor, with Harsha V.
  • Sabda: Text and Interpretation in Indian Thought. Editor, with Santosh Sareen.New Delhi:Mantra Books, 2004.
  • English Studies:Indian Perspectives. Editor, with Amit Sarwal and Aneeta Rajendran.New Delhi: Mantra Books, 2006.
  • Sacred Australia: post-secular considerations. Melbourne: Clouds of Magellan, 2009; New Delhi: Aditya Prakashan, 2010.
  • Another Canon: Indian Texts and Traditions in English. London: Anthem Books, 2009;Paperback ed, New Delhi: Anthem Press, 2010.
  • Altered Destinations: Self, Society, and Nation in India.London: Anthem Books, 2009;Paperback ed., New Delhi: Anthem Press, 2010.


  • The Serene Flame. Delhi: Rupa, 1991.
  • Playing the Dark God. Delhi: Rupa, 1992.
  • Used Book. New Delhi: Indialog Publications, 2001.
  • Partial Disclosure. New Delhi: Mantra Books, 2005.
  • Confluence. New Delhi: Samvad India, 2007.


  • This Time I Promise It'll Be Different: Short Stories. New Delhi: UBS Publishers, 1994.
  • The Narrator: A Novel. New Delhi: Rupa, 1995.

Edited Books

  • Indian Poetry in English. Madras: Macmillan, 1993.
  • An Anthology of New Indian English Poetry. Delhi: Rupa, 1993.
  • Sarojini Naidu: Selected Poetry and Prose. Delhi: HarperCollins India, 1993.
  • Sarojini Naidu: Selected Letters. Delhi: Kali for Women, 1996.
  • The Spirit's Manifest Home: The Story of Sri Aurobindo Ashram-Delhi Branch. New Delhi:Sri Aurobindo Ashram, 1997.
  • The Best of Raja Rao. New Delhi: Katha, 1998.
  • The Penguin Sri Aurobindo Reader. New Delhi: Penguin, 1999.
  • The Little Book of Sri Aurobindo. New Delhi: Penguin, 2001.
  • Dehejia. New Delhi: Samvad India, 2003.
  • The Penguin Swami Vivekananda Reader. New Delhi, 2005.
  • The Cyclonic Swami: Vivekananda in the West. With Sukalyan Sengupta. New Delhi: Samvad India, 2005.
  • Dharma and Development: The Future of Survival. New Delhi: Samvad India, 2005.
  • Science and Spirituality in Modern India. New Delhi: Samvad India, 2006.
  • Earth Lessons: Three Essays on Saving the Planet. New Delhi: Vikram Sarabhai Foundation, 2008. (With Devaki Singh).
  • Science, Spirituality and the Modernization of India. New Delhi: Anthem, 2008.
  • Sarojini Naidu: Selected Poetry and Prose. 2nd rev. ed. New Delhi: Rupa, 2010.


  • Boats from the Marathi original Hodya by Hemant Govind Joglekar. New Delhi: B.R.Publishers, 1994.

Academic Papers:  Over 120 in various refereed journals and edited books published in India and abroad.

Other Publications:  Several poems and short stories; over 200 essays, book reviews, and occasional pieces in academic and popular periodicals in India and abroad. Was a columnist in Sunday Observer, Business Standard, The Pioneer, and Life Positive.

OTHER ACTIVITIES:  General Editor of a series of reprints of rare and out of print Indian English titles published by the Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi. Founding Editor, Evam: Forum on Indian Representations, an international biannual journal.

ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE:  Chair, Centre for English Studies, JNU; member Board of Studies; member Academic Council JNU; member Vision Committee, JNU; Coordinator, UGC Special Assistance Programme, Centre for English Studies, JNU, 2003-2008; Principal Investigator, Project on “Indian Perspectives on Science and Spirituality,” 2006-2009, Founding Samvad India Foundation, 2000-present.

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