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Mantra Mukim

Mantra Mukim is currently a Marie Curie Cofund Postdoctoral Fellow at CYU Paris. He finished his PhD from the English department in 2022, researching the poetics of failure and event in the works of Samuel Beckett and addressing the legacies of lyric writing in twentieth century theory and literature. Following this he was an Early Career Research Fellow (2022-23) at the Institute of Advanced Studies, Warwick.

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 was supported by the Chancellor's International scholarship.

Research Interests

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


Academic Publications

[Afterword] 'Shrikant Verma's Magadh, Hindi Modernism, and Nayi Kavita', Shrikant Verma, Magadh, tr. Rahul Soni, Chennai: Westland Books, 2023.

[Article] 'Madhavrao Sapre at the Advent of Writing: Reading the 'First' Hindi Short Story', Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies. July, 2022.

[Book] Literature and Event: Twenty-First Century ReformulationsLink opens in a new window, co-edited with Derek Attridge, (Routledge, November 2021).

[Article] 'About Time: Rainer Maria Rilke and the Abyssal Distance of Duino ElegiesLink opens in a new window', in Textual Practice, August, 2021.

[Review] 'Beckett and the Terror of LiteratureLink opens in a new window', in Irish Studies Review, Volume 28, Issue 4, 2020.

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


'Hands Off: Repair, Work, Touch in Bhupen Khakar's Janta Watch Repairing', MAP, 2023.

'The Grass in Our Voice: Reading Duo DuoLink opens in a new window', Georgia Review, 2022.

'The Work of Listening: On Jason Allen-Paisant and Ralf WebbLink opens in a new window', The Poetry Review, 2021.

'On Hesitation', Review31, 2020.

'Wait, Look: Amit Dutta's Cinematic RhythmLink opens in a new window', MUBI, 2020.

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

'The Sovereign is HE who translates: An Interview with Emily Apter'Link opens in a new window, 3AM Magazine, 2019.

'The Word and the World: Bimal Krishna Matilal on the EpicsLink opens in a new window', Caravan, 2019.

'A Taste for Secrecy: Reading and Hiding Naiyer MasudLink opens in a new window', Almost Island, 2018

'The Private Eye: Mani Kaul and the Cinema to ComeLink opens in a new window', Caravan, 2017.

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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