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Mantra Mukim

Mantra Mukim joined the English department as a PhD candidate in 2018. His research concerns the poetics of failure and event in the works of Samuel Beckett. Drawing on the writings of Blanchot, Derrida and Malabou, his research project will broadly address the limitations of lyric poetry and subjectivity as raised in Twentieth-century theory and literature, while asking questions concerning time, survivre and exhaustion.

Before coming to Warwick, he was an Assistant Professor (ad-hoc) at Miranda House, University of Delhi and was awarded M.Phil by the English department, University of Delhi in 2018, for his dissertation, 'Writing the Residual: Rainer Maria Rilke and the Promise of Literature'.

His research in Warwick is supported by the Chancellor's International scholarship.

Research Interests

European Modernism, Philosophy of Literature, Twentieth-Century French Philosophy, Theories of Poetic Form, Hindi Literature


Academic Publications

[Book] Literature and Event: Twenty-First Century Reformulations, co-edited with Derek Attridge, Routledge, 2021. Forthcoming.

[Article] 'About Time: Rainer Maria Rilke and the Abyssal Distance of Duino Elegies', in Textual Practice, August, 2021.

[Review] 'Beckett and the Terror of Literature', in Irish Studies Review, Volume 28, Issue 4, 2020.

[Book Chapter] 'After Naming: Rilke's Namenlos, Kant and the Subject of Aesthetics', in Aftermath: The Fall and Rise After the Event, Ed. Robert Kusek, B. Piątek, and W. Szymański. Jagiellonian University Press, March, 2020.


[Essay] 'The Work of Listening: On Jason Allen-Paisant and Ralf Webb', The Poetry Review, 2021.

[Essay] 'On Hesitation', Review31, 2020.

[Essay] 'Wait, Look: Amit Dutta's Cinematic Rhythm', MUBI, 2020.

[Essay] 'Listening for Thresholds: Kesarbai Kerkar and a Step Beyond', Almost Island, 2020.

[Interview] 'The Sovereign is HE who translates: An Interview with Emily Apter', 3AM Magazine, 2019.

[Essay] 'The Word and the World: Bimal Krishna Matilal on the Epics', Caravan, 2019.

[Essay] 'A Taste for Secrecy: Reading and Hiding Naiyer Masud', Almost Island, 2018

[Essay] 'The Private Eye: Mani Kaul and the Cinema to Come', Caravan, 2017.

[Essay] 'Arvind Krishna Mehrotra: Collected Poems', Asymptote, 2015.

Conference Papers

'Pain of the Lyric: Beckett, Hölderlin and the Inhuman Imperative' at the Biennial Conference of INSL, The Between-ness of Lyric, Lausanne, Switzerland. 2019.

'Beckett and Untranslatability' at the 5th International Conference of the Samuel Beckett Society, Samuel Beckett and Translation, Almería, Spain. 2019.

'Dickinson's Infinite: Notes towards a Speculative Lyric' at Theory Now: A Symposium for Theory and its Futures, Glasgow, UK. 2019.

'After Naming: Rilke's Namenlos and the Subject of Aesthetics' at Aftermath: The Fall and the Rise after the Event, Kraków, Poland. 2018.

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