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, Meillassoux 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. In 2018 he also completed his M.Phil in the English department, University of Delhi. His dissertation was titled Writing the Residual: Rainer Maria Rilke and the Promise of Literature, and it was a reading of the non-human tendencies in 'Duino Elegies'.
His research in Warwick is supported by the Chancellor's International scholarship.
European Modernism, Romanticism, Continental Philosophy, Lyric poetry, Hindi Literature, Anthropocene
'The Word and the World: Bimal Krishna Matilal on the Epics', Caravan, 2019.
'A Taste for Secrecy: Reading and Hiding Naiyer Masud', Almost Island, 2018
'The Private Eye: Mani Kaul and the Cinema to Come', Caravan, 2017.
[Review] 'Arvind Krishna Mehrotra: Collected Poems', Asymptote, 2015.
'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.
- 2019-2020:Humanities Research Centre Doctoral Fellowship for organising the conference, "Literature and Event"
- 2019: Samuel Beckett Society Bursary for the annual conference in Almería, Spain.
- 2018: WRSA Bursary for an essay on the Leamington Canal
- 2018-2022: Chancellor's International Scholarship
- 2017: Shortlisted, TOTO Funds the Arts