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Dr. Umasankar Patra

Faculty - School of Engg. & Science


Educational Qualifications

Ph.D. 2019

University of Delhi

MPhil 2012

English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad

MA 2011


University of Hyderabad

BA 2009


Fakir Mohan University, Odisha


  • Best Performer Award for Teaching and Research, 2022

    NIT, Tiruchirappalli

  • Bursary Grant from the Institute of English Studies, 2017

    University of London

  • Christopher Isherwood Foundation Fellowship, 2015

    The Huntington Library, San Marino, USA

  • UGC Junior Research Fellowship, 2003

Research Interests

My research interests are Anglo-American Modernism, Life Writing, Queer Studies, Modernity in India, and Translation.

Selected Papers


Inspectors of the Raj: A Pedagogy of Critical Conservatism in Odisha

Patra, Umasankar

South Asia, 46, no. 3, pp. 318-335


Queer Camera: Christopher Isherwood’s Goodbye to Berlin and Prater Violet

Patra, Umasankar

Journal of Homosexuality, vol. 69, No.3, pp. 565-585


Fakir Mohan Senapati’s Atmacharita: Episodic Autobiography, History, and Interiority

Patra, Umasankar

Biography, 44 no. 4, pp. 541-560


Telling Stories in ‘Queer Hell’: Christopher Isherwood’s Down There on a Visit

Patra, Umasankar

The Explicator, 75, no.1, pp. 37-39


Translating an Indian Way of Thinking

Patra, Umasankar

Indian Literature, vol LX, no. 299, pp. 62-70

Selected Professional Contributions

  • Reviewer, Oxford Bibliographies
  • Reviewer, Sāhitya, Journal of the Comparative Literature Association of India
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