I identify myself as a counterculturist who is intrigued by how individual and collective subversions and transgressions are reflected in the form and content of cultural texts. Therefore, my biography could be classified as a recollection of studying articulations of dissent, desire, disobedience, and non-conformity against the hegemonies that configure time and space. Poetry is my first love; closely followed by continental philosophy. I'm intrinsically bilingual and essentially inter-disciplinary in my approach.
I was previously employed as a part-time faculty at three colleges registered with Calcutta University from 2017 to 19. In those two years, I taught texts from the long eighteenth century, Romantic literature, Joseph Conrad, George Bernard Shaw, Thomas Hardy, and war poetry to undergraduate students.
Drugs and Counterculture, Avant-garde literature, Marxism, Left-wing politics in postcolonial India, Twentieth-century American literature, Romanticism(s), Dalit Studies, Modern Bengali Poetry
In my PhD, I look forward to conducting a comparative analysis between the countercultural trends in America and India during the fifties, sixties, and seventies. I am fascinated by the Beats and the Hippies that raged post-war America not only as they were reflected in literature, music, or art, but also in matters pertaining to lifestyle, such as the consumption of drugs. I propose to theorise and interrogate how these movements interacted with the countercultural scene in India. I also take active interest in Romanticism, Modernism, continental philosophy, and critical theory.
M.Phil. (Department of English/ University of Delhi; 2017)
M.A. (Department of English/Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi; 2015)
B.A. (Department of English/Jadavpur University; 2013)
Awards and Honors
- Included in the list of Teachers Ranked Excellent, Spring 2020, Fall 2019, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
- First Rank Holder in M.A. Final examination in English, Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi, South Campus, New Delhi- 110021, Certificate & Medal. 2015
- First Rank Holder in M.A. Previous examination in English, Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi, South Campus, New Delhi- 110021, Certificate & Medal. 2014
- Late Santosh Kumar Das Memorial Poetry Award 2018. Cash Prize and Trophy.
- Winner. Hir-Pithara Youth Poetry Contest. Indian Habitat Centre. Samanvay 2015. Certificate.
Additional Campus Affiliations
Affiliated Student, Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory
Member, Executive Committee, English Graduate Students' Association
Member, Textbook Advisory Committee, Undergraduate Rhetoric Program
- Chatterjee, Debayudh. “The Importance of Being Debi Roy, or an Episode of Caste Intolerance among the Bengali Intelligentsia and Strategies of Subjective Resistance in the Sixties.” The Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, vol. 15, 2018. 65-87. [ISSN: 0973-8737] Print.
- Chatterjee, Debayudh. "The 'mellow High' and the 'psychedelic War' : The Rise of Marijuana, the (Counter)-Culture of Dissidence, and the Fall of the American Army in the Vietnam War." ESharp 25.1 (2017): 32-44. University of Glasgow. Arts Sharp. [ISSN: 1742-4542] http://www.gla.ac.uk/media/media_529630_en.pdf
- Chatterjee, Debayudh. “The French Revolution, Nineteenth Century British Literature, and the Anti-colonial Intellectual: Understanding CLR James’s Toussaint L’Ouverture.” Kritik, Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory, 21 Oct. 2019, https://unitforcriticism.wordpress.com/2019/10/21/professor-nasser-mufti-english-uic-on-postcolonial-theory-response-by-debayudh-chatterjee-english/.
- Chatterjee, Debayudh. "Stories of Survival: Constructing Dalit Consciousness in Fourth World Fiction." Multicoloured Glass: Studies on Indian Short Stories. Ed. Saikat Guha. New Delhi: Authors, 2017. 137-146 Print. [ISBN: 978-93-5207-5821-9]
- Chatterjee, Debayudh. “Confessions of a Namasudra Communist.” Indian Cultural Forum, 17 June 2017, https://www.indianculturalforum.in/2017/06/17/confessions-of-a-namasudra-communist/.
- Chatterjee, Debayudh. “Walter Benjamin, Dalit Literature, and the Politics of Translation.” Caesurae: Poetics of Cultural Translation , vol. 2, no. 1, Jan. 2017, pp. 23–31., https://www.caesurae.org/interventions. [ISSN:2454-9495]