Nilufer Bharucha

DR. NILUFER E. BHARUCHA is a Professor and Head, Department of English at the University of Bombay. She has studied at the Universities of Bombay and Manchester.

Her areas of specialisation are Postcolonial Literatures and Theories, the Writings of the Parsis, Indian Cinema and the Literature of the Raj.

She has co-edited three books (1) Indian English Fiction 1980-1990:An Assessment,

(2) Postcolonial Perspectives on the Raj and its Literature and (3) Mapping Cultural Spaces: Postcolonial Indian Literature in English . She has also authored a book on Rohinton Mistry’s fiction entitled, Rohinton Mistry: Ethnic Enclosures and Transcultural Spaces.

Her articles and reviews have appeared in Western and Indian academic journals and in several critical anthologies published in India and abroad.

She has also written several short-stories which have been published in The Illustrated Weekly ofIndia, Eve’s Weekly and the Indian PEN . She has also done translations from the Urdu and these have appeared in the Sunday Observer. Some of her stories and critical pieces are available on the Indiaworld (short stories) site on the Internet.

Dr. Bharucha was awarded a British Council Scholarship for study at the University of Manchester in 1981-82 and the Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellowship for post-doctoral research at the Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London in 1994-95.

Dr.Bharucha has lectured and presented papers at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, London, the Universities of Leeds, Reading, Manchester in the U.K. She has done a lecture tour of German Universities under the aegis of the British Council, Germany, in June 1995. She has also presented talks at the Universities of Humboldt and Free University in Berlin, the University of Frankfurt and the University of Mainz. In Spain she has guest lectured at the University of Tarragona.

From 1996 onwards she has been a Visiting Professor in Postcolonial Literatures and Indian Cinema at several universities in Europe such as the Otto-Von-Guericke University, Magdeburg and the University of Cologne in Germany, the University of Barcelona in Spain and the University of Avignon in France. She is on the Global Faculty of the Fairleigh Dickinson University, USA.

In the year 2000 she was awarded a DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Visiting Professorship for a semester in Postcolonial Indian Literature and cinema at the University of Siegen in Germany.

Dr. Bharucha has served on the jury for the Commonwealth Literature Prize and is asked for recommendations for the Literature award by the Sahitya Akademi, Delhi and the Nobel Prize Academy, Sweden.

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