Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy

Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy
College of Arts and Letters
Department of English
Office Location: ET 610
Phone: 323 343 4153 Email: broy@exchange.calstatela.edu


Born in England, Bidhan received his PhD from Goldsmiths College, University of London. Trained in postcolonial studies and the twentieth-century British novel, Bidhan has published articles and book chapters on Hanif Kureishi, Muslim identity and the novel, literary representations of South Asian ethnicity, Buddhism and literature, Christopher Isherwood’s A Single Man, as well as the travel writing of V.S. Naipaul. His recently published monograph is entitled, A Passage To Globalism: Globalization and the Negotiation of Identities in South Asian Diasporic Fiction in Britain.

Since being hired at CSULA, the mission and history of the university have significantly shaped Bidhan’s research interests. His experience teaching at CSULA has inspired two current projects in critical pedagogy and service learning. The first,  “The New Uses of Literacy: A Pedagogical Diptych of Literature and Community Engagement,” re-examines the work of Richard Hoggart and Raymond Williams in the context of community engagement projects that Bidhan has worked on at CSULA. The second,  “The “Storying Wyvernwood Project”: Rethinking English Studies through Community Engagement and Undergraduate Research,” explores new directions for undergraduate research in English studies through an analysis of the ”Storying Wyvernwood” community research project at CSULA.

Bidhan’s interest in Christopher Isherwood, who taught at CSULA during the 1960’s, represents a second area of research inspired by the history of the English department at CSULA. His current research project on Isherwood, Spiritual Modern: Christopher Isherwood and Vedanta, investigates Isherwood’s fifty-year engagement with Vedanta, focusing upon Isherwood’s role in interpreting, translating and re-imagining traditional Indian philosophical texts for a Western audience.

Bidhan is also currently developing prison writing and literature program in the California State prison system in partnership with Paws for Life— a project he connects to his teaching at CSULA whenever possible.




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http://Professor Bidhan Roy and others discuss the Storying Wyvernwood Community Narratives Project on local radio (KPFK (90.7)) (Tuesday, May 27, 2014)