Author; Professor of English and Creative Writing, Ashoka University
Saikat&nbsp;Majumdar is a novelist and critic who teaches courses in modern and contemporary world literature in English, critical theory, the novel and narrative, colonial and postcolonial studies, and fiction and nonfiction writing. Saikat&nbsp;is the author of three books, most recently, the novel&nbsp;The Firebird&nbsp;(Hachette/The Permanent Press, 2015 &amp; 2017), a finalist for the Atta Galatta-Bangalore Literature Festival Fiction Prize, selected as one of&nbsp;The Telegraph’s Best Books of 2015, and excerpted in&nbsp;The Kenyon Review,&nbsp;World Literature Today,&nbsp;Scroll, and&nbsp;Firstpost. He has also published a monograph,&nbsp;Prose of the World: Modernism and the Banality of Empire&nbsp;(Columbia UP&nbsp;&amp;&nbsp;Orient Blackswan, 2013), which received Honorable Mention at the Modernist Studies Association’s Annual Book Prize in&nbsp;2014, and a previous novel,&nbsp;Silverfish&nbsp;(HarperCollins, 2007). Saikat&nbsp;is currently working on three projects: a new work of&nbsp;fiction, a book on liberal education in India (under contract with Bloomsbury), and a study of the literary public intellectual from the global British Empire as an amateur and an autodidact, excerpts from which have been published or are forthcoming in&nbsp;PMLA,&nbsp;Literary Activism: A Collection of Perspectives, Ed. Amit Chaudhuri (Oxford UP, 2016), and&nbsp;NLH: New Literary History.
Can you teach someone to be a writer? Can you, indeed? Or to become a better writer? I guess that depends on how you define
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