Prabhat Kumar

Prabhat Kumar is Assistant Professor at Department of History, Presidency University, Kolkata. His research specialisation is in literary cultural history of modern South Asia. In particular, his interest lies in the history of circulation and interaction of literary cultural forms, ideas, concepts, between Europe and South Asia in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

He did his B.A. (University of Delhi), M.A. and  M.Phil. with specialisation in modern history (Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi). He underwent interdisciplinary training in indology and global history during his doctoral study (within the framework of  Asia and Europe in a Global Context: Shifting Asymmetries in Cultural Flows, Karl Jaspers Centres for Advance Transcultural Studies, Heidelberg) at South Asia Institute, University of Heidelberg, Germany. His doctoral work, Satire, Modernity, Transculturality in Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century North India, explores the the emergence of satirical narrative as a distinct literary-artistic mode of social expression in colonial north India. It examines the case of modern Hindi literary and visual satire (cartoons) and its complex relationship with the question of modernity and colonialism in the newly configured vernacular public sphere of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century colonial North India from a transcultural perspective.

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‘Colonialism, Modernity and Hindi Satire in the Late Nineteenth Century’ in Zeitschrift für Indologie und Südasienstudien (ZIS 28, 2011, 105-44)/Journal of Indology and South Asian Studies, Göttingen, Germany.

‘From Punch to Matvala: Transcultural Lives of a Literary Format’ In Hans Harder and Barbara Mittler (eds.) Asian Punches: A Transcultural affair, Heidelberg: Springer, 2013.