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Nabaneeta Dev Sen
Born in 1938, Nabaneeta Dev Sen is one of the most beloved Bengali
writers today. Her publications are diverse, ranging from children's
literature, humor, fiction and poetry to literary criticism and
Her parents were the noted poets Radharani Devi and Narendra Dev. Her
mother also published under the name of Aparajita Devi.
She studied at Presidency College, Jadavpur University (MA, 1958),
Harvard (A.M., 1961), and Indiana University (PhD, 1963). She conducted
postdoctoral research at Newnham College, Cambridge, and the
University of California, Berkeley.
She was formerly married to Amartya Sen, who later went on to
win the Bharat Ratna and the Nobel Prize for Economics (1998).
They have two children, Antara and Nandana.
Among her honours, she has received the Padma Shree (2000),
the Sahitya Akademi,
the Kabir Samman, the Rabindra Puraskar and the Samskriti Award.
She is a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of
Great Britain and Vice President of the Indian National Comparative
Literature Association. She
the Radhakrishnan Memorial Lecturer at Oxford in 1996-97.
She has been a Visiting Professor at many universities including
Harvard, Cornell, Columbia, Chicago (USA), Humboldt
(Germany), Universities of Toronto, British
Columbia (Canada), Melbourne, New South Wales
(Australia), and El Collegio de Mexico.
Nabaneeta Dev Sen is currently Professor of
Comparative Literature at Jadavpur University, Calcutta.
- Writing available online
- Lady Sings
the Blues: when women retell the Ramayana. From Manushi.
- Jungle Story, a
poem in Little Magazine.
- Translations of
folk songs about Sita
- Sisters in sorrow contemporary Indian women's re-telling of
the Rama tale. published in From Independence Towards Freedom :
Indian Women Since 1947/edited by Bharati Ray and Aparna Basu. 1999,
Sen objects to religious differentiation in Presidency College
Indian Express, Dec 98.
- Nabaneeta Dev Sen is the chief guest
at the Sahitya Akademi Bhasha Samman & Translation Prizes 1998
Sen's biography from the Nobel site.
- The love
that did not fail. An interview in Calcutta Online, 1998.
- Bengali Publications
- Jara Hatke ebong Ananya. Vikalp, 2000; Short stories
- Baranda. Kolkata : Vikalp Prakasani, 2000. Short stories.
- Ghulghuli. Kolkata : Camp, 2000. Autobiographical
- Buddhi Bechara Saodagar. Kalikata : Anjali
Prakasani, 1999. Children's stories.
- Thikana. Kolkata : Dey's Publishing, 1999. Novel.
- Icchamati. Kolkata : Ananda Publishers,
1999. Children's stories, illustrated by Satyajit Ray.
- Deshantar, Mitra-Ghosh, Kolkata (1997).
- Palashpurer Picnic, Dey's Publishing, (1997). Children's stories.
- Galpasamagra. Kolkata : Dey's Publishing, (1997). Short
- Bamabodhmi. Deb Sahitya Kutir, Kolkata (1996). Novel
- Naba NeeNirbachita Rachana Sankalan. Kolkata:
Mitra o Ghosh Publishers, (1996). A compilation of 2 novels,
2 travel narratives, 1 play, 3 essays, 2 autobiographical reminiscences,
6 short stories, 12 poems, 6 articles of literary criticism.
- Sabda pare tapur tupur. Kolkata : Ananda
Publishers, 1995. Essays.
- Bhalobasa kare koy. Kolkata : Dey's Publishing,
1992. Short stories.
- Khagenababura prthibi ebong anyanya. Kolkata : Deja
Pabalisim, 1997. Short stories.
- Sita Theke Shuru. Ananda, Calcutta 1996.
- Medea Ebang, Ananda, Kolkata (1993). Play.
- Sheet sahasika hemantaloka. Kolkata : Ananda
Publishers, 1397 . Novel.
- Nabanita Debsener sreshtha kabita. Kolkata :
Dey's Publishing, (1989). Poems.
- Tin Bhubaner Parey, Mitra-Ghosh, Kolkata (1989). Travelogue.
- Swabhumi, Ananda, Calcutta, 1984.
- Nati Nabaneeta. Kolkata : Ananda,
1983. Autobiographical essays
- Truck-Bahoney MacMahoney, Ananda, Kolkata (1981). Travelogue.
- Monsieur Hulor Holiday. Kolkata : Karuna Prakasani,
1980. Short stories.
- Ami, Anupama. Isana, Kolkata. (1978). A novel.
- Isvarera pratidvandvi ebong anyanya prabandha.
Bengali literature--History and criticism. Karuna Prakasani,
- Karuna Tomar Kon Path Diye, Karuna Prakasani, Kolkata
- English Publications
- Counterpoints: Essays in Comparative Literature, Prajna,
- English articles & short stories in:
- The stream within : short stories by contemporary
Bengali women. Stree Press, Calcutta, 1999. Edited by Swati
Ganguly and Sarmistha Dutta Gupta.
- Faces of the feminine in ancient, medieval, and
modern India. Oxford University Press, New York, 2000.
Edited by Mandakranta Bose.
- New visions of creation :feminist innovations in
literary theory. University of Tokyo Press, Tokyo, 1993. Edited by
Maria Elena de Valdes & Margaret R. Higonnet.
- India, a wealth of diversity.Arts and Humanities Council of
Tulsa, Tulsa, 1988. Edited by Amritjit Singh & Francine Ringold.
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