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Prasanta Chakravarty is Associate Professor of English at the University of Delhi. He is also the editor of the web-journal humanitiesunderground. His work on early modern radical heretic culture is published as Like Parchment in the Fire: Literature and Radicalism in the English Civil War (Routledge, 2006). He has recently edited a volume on contemporary writings on humanities titled Shrapnel Minima, Writings from HumanitiesUnderground (Seagull India and University of Chicago Press, 2014). He has been associated with the Brown University Advanced Research Institute, The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities and Institute of Humanities and Global Culture, University of Virginia. He nurtures a particular interest in poetry and poetics and enjoys translating significant contemporary literary writings into English. * * * Praise for the book Iconoclastic, fervent, visionary, but insistently in touch with the harshness of much lived reality, Prasanta Chakravarty brings a welcome freshness to politically committed advocacy for the humanities. This is radical criticism that recognises the demands of scepticism and the hunger for inspiration in equal measure. Helen Small, University of Oxford Prasanta Chakravarty’s wide-ranging essays are granular responses to hegemony. Each reflection is as systematic as it is non-systematic, allowing everyday and literary kinds of movement to burst theoretical and historical orthodoxies with their own, equally theoretical and historical force. What emerges is thought drawing political energy from texture. In this invaluable and original book, everything is up for rethinking under conditions that mean that not just anything can be thought. Rei Terada, University of California, Irvine For some years, Prasanta Chakravarty’s blog Humanities Underground has offered some of the most incisive and thoughtful analyses of the questions facing the humanities. Now, in this valuable intervention, Chakravarty offers a set of ‘counter-romantic’ readings that repeatedly question received wisdom. These essays boldly put forth fresh and counterintuitive perspectives, whether reading Aurobindo as a vitalist thinker, illuminating the interstices of the everyday in Sikdar’s writing, arguing against the conventional understanding of Niebuhr as a Christian realist, analyzing Mamata Banerjee’s invocation of Suchitra Sen, or exploring what is involved in listening rather than simply presenting at a seminar.  Ajay Skaria, University of Minnesota
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