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Nilufer E. Bharucha

Dr. Nilufer E. Bharucha

Senior Faculty Associate; Coordinator of the Indo-Canadian Studies Centre, University of Mumbai

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Nilufer E. Bharucha is the Director of the Constructions of Home and Belonging Indian Diaspora Centre (CoHaB IDC) and the Coordinator of the Indo-Canadian Studies Centre, at the University of Mumbai. She is a former Senior Professor and Head and now Adjunct Professor, Department of English, University of Mumbai. She is also on the Global Faculty of the Fairleigh Dickinson University, N.J., USA.

Professor Bharucha has served on the juries for the Commonwealth Literature Prize, U.K. and the English Literature Prize of the SahityaAkademi, Delhi. She is asked for recommendations for the Literature Prize by the Nobel Academy, Sweden.  She has also served on the jury for the Rhodes Scholarships.
She was awarded a British Council Scholarship for study at the University of Manchester in 1981-82 and the Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellowship for post-doctoral research at the Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London in 1994-95.In 2001 she was awarded the German Gender Studies Professorship at the University of Cologne for one semester. In 2007 she was awarded a Visiting Professorship by the ShastriIndo-Canadian Institute for lecturing at universities in Canada.

DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) has awarded her visiting professorships in 2000 and 2008 at the Universities of Siegen and Muenster in Germany.In the summer semester of 2012 she was awarded the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) Rotating Chair at the University of Muenster, Germany.From 1996 onwards she has been a Visiting Professor in Postcolonial Literatures, Diasporic Indian Cinema and Hindi Cinema at several universities in Europe such as the Otto-Von-Guericke University, Magdeburg, the University of Cologne, the University of Dusseldorf, the University of Bonn in Germany, the University of Barcelona in Spain and the University of Avignon in France.She has been one of the Chief Investigators, in the Group for Research on the Indian Diaspora (GRID), a UPE project, funded by the UGC.

She has been a member of the international research group on Literature and Fundamentalism with colleagues from Germany and France.She has studied at the University of Bombay, the English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad and the University ofManchester, U.K.Her areas of specialisation are Postcolonial Literatures and Theories, Literature of the Indian Diaspora, the Writings of the Parsis, Diasporic Indian Cinema and Hindi Cinema.

She has authored a book on Rohinton Mistry’s fiction entitled, Rohinton Mistry: Ethnic Enclosures and Transcultural Spaces and published a collection of her own essays entitled Indian Diasporic Literature and Cinema.She has edited four books (1) Indian English Fiction 1980-1990:An Assessment, (2) Postcolonial Perspectives on the Raj and its Literature (3) Mapping Cultural Spaces: Postcolonial Indian Literature in English and (4) World Literature: Postcolonial and Post-Imperial Literatures.


B.A. (Hons.) in English Literature, University of Bombay, Bombay,
M.A. in English Literature, University of Bombay, Bombay,
Diploma in Higher Education, University of Mumbai,
Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching English, English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad,
M.Ed.(Teaching English Overseas), University of Manchester, Manchester,
Ph.D., University of MumbaiFaculty/Department.



As Author:

1 . Rohinton Mistry:Ethnic Enclosures and Transcultural Spaces, Rawat Publications, Jaipur and Delhi, 2003.

2. Indian Diasporic Literature and Cinema, Centre for Advanced Studies in India, Bhuj, 2014.

As Editor/Co-Editor:

1. Indian English Fiction 1 980- 1 990: An Assessment, B.R. Publishers, New Delhi, 1994, Co-editor and Contributor.

2. Postcolonial Perspectives on the Raj and its Literature, University of Bombay Press, 1994, Co-editor and Contributor.

3. Mapping Cultural Spaces: Postcolonial Indian English Writing - Essays in, Honour of Nissim Ezekiel, Vision Books, Delhi, 1999, Co-editor and Contributor.

4. World Literature: Postcolonial and Post-Imperial Literatures, Prestige Publications, 2007, Editor and Contributor.

Articles in journals and chapters in books:

1. Fictional and Cinematic Representations of the Journey of Bombay to Mumbai, in The Palgrave Handbook of Literature and the City, Editor Jeremy Tambling, Palgrave Macmillan, London, 2016: 623-638

2. The Indian Diaspora and Laws, in Diaspora, Law and Literature, Editors Stierstorfer Klaus and Carpi Daniela, De Gruyter, Berlin, 2016: 247-2721

3. On the Wings of Fire: The Ethno-Religious Strand in Contemporary Parsi Literature, in English Studies in India, Department of English, University of Kashmir, Vol. 23, January 2015:61-71

4. The Contribution of the Indian Diaspora to the Changing Face of Europe: Literary and Cinematic Representations, SYNERGY, Bucharest University of Economic Studies, VOL. 10 / NO. 2 / 2014:172-188

5. Recalling Nissim Ezekiel: A Poet of the Mind and Heart, in Marginalised: Indian Poetry in English, ed., Smita Agarwal, Rodopi, Amsterdam, New York, 2014:99-116

6. Negotiating Plural Identities and Multiple Locations, in Identity, Difference and Conflict: Postcolonial Critique, eds. Victor Ferrao and James Ponniah, ACPI, Bangalore, 2013:xxix-xxxvii

7. Resistance to Fundamentalism: Salman Rushdie’s Post-Fatwa Fiction, inBurning Books: Negotiating Between Fundamentalism and Literature, eds. Klaus Stierstorfer& Catherine Pesso Miquel, AMS Press Inc., 2012:189-202

8. Foregrounding Ethnicity and Postcolonial Marginality: Contemporary Literature, in Parsee Voices in Indian Fiction in English, Eds. Vandana Pathak, Urmila Dabir, Shubha Mishra, Dattsons, Nagpur, 2012:1-14

9. Repossessing the Master Tongue, Subverting the Master Narrative and Challenging the Meta-narrative of History: Rohinton Mistry’s Fiction, in Critical Practice, Vol. XVII, Annual, 2010:59-75.

10. The Parsi Voice in Recent Indian English Fiction: An Assertion of Ethnic Identity, reprint of 1994 article in South Asian Literatures, Eds. Gerhard Stilz, Ellen DengelJanic, WissenschaftlicherVerlag Trier, Trier, 2010.

11. Retreating Into Tribal Mansions: Race and Religion in Plays Written by Parsi Zoroastrians in India, in Modern Indian Theatre: A Reader, Ed. Nandi Bhatia, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2009:200-218.

12. Translated Men and Women: Cultural and Linguistic Negotiations in Postcolonial Literature in English, in Cultures of Translation, eds. Klaus Stierstorfer and Monika Gomille, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, 2008:53-662

13. Cities Under Siege:Metropolitan Journeys from Plural Identities to Essentialisms, in Literary Encounters of Fundamentalism: A Case Book, eds. Klaus Stierstorfer and Annette Kern-Stahler, Universitatsverlag, Winter, Heidelberg, 2008:167-186

14. Stepping Across Lines in Time and Space: Salman Rushdie’s Ground Beneath Her Feet and Fury, Points of View, Vol. XV, No. 1, Summer 2008:80-91.

15. The Emergency – A Defining Moment in Indian Democracy: Literary Responses, in only Connect: Texts, Places and Politics, Eds. Anke Bartels, Reinhold Wandel, Dirk Wiemann, Peter Lang, Frankfurt, 2008: 280-288.

16. Writing Across Borders: A Historical Grounding of Indian Literature in English, in World Literature: Contemporary Postcolonial and Post-Imperial Literatures, Editor Nilufer E. Bharucha, Prestige, New Delhi, 2007:82-104

17. The Bhibhitsa Rasa in Anglophone Indian Cultural Discourse: The Repugnant and Distasteful at the Level of Gender, Race and Caste, in The Abject of Desire: The Aestheticization of the Unaesthetic in Contemporary Literature and Culture, Editors KonstanzeKutzbach and Monika Mueller, Rodopi, Amsterdam, 2007:69-88

18. The Earth is not Flat: Minority Discourse Against Fundamentalisms, in Journal of Postcolonial Writing, Routledge, Vol. 43, No. 2, August 2007, Guest Edited by Nilufer E. Bharucha and Klaus Stierstorfer: 183-190

19. Repossessing the Master Tongue, Subverting the Master Narrative and Challenging the Metanarrative of History: Rohinton Mistry’s Fiction, Rohinton Mistry: An Anthology of Recent Criticism, Eds. Anjali Gera Roy & Meena T. Pillai, Pencraft International, Delhi, 2007:40-54

20. Dattani Mahesh: Dance Like a Man, Teaching Contemporary Literature and Culture, Drama, Part I, Editors Susanne Peters, Klaus Stierstorfer, Laurenz Volkmann , WVT WissenschaftlicherVerlag Trier, 2006:55-64

21. Divided Bloodlines: Partition in the Fiction of BapsiSidhwa, Reading Partition/Livingc Partition, editor, Jasbir Jain, Rawat Publishers, Jaipur/Delhi, 2006:137-150

22.Writing from the Margins: Parsi Literature in Postcolonial India, Parsis, The Next Hundred Years, editor Nawaz Mody, Allied Publishers, Delhi, 2005: 820-833.

23.Shashi Deshpande, Dictionary of Literary Biographies, Columbia, USA, 2005:105-111 .

24. Recalling Cornelia Sorabji: Plural Identities in Colonial Spaces and Nationalist Times, in Discourse of Resistance in the Colonial Period, ed. Avadhesh Kumar Singh, Creative Books, New Delhi, 2005

25. ‘Twice-Told’ Tales: A Narratological Consideration of Rohinton Mistry’s Tales from Firozsha Baag, Of Narratives, Narrators, eds. Rajul Bhargava and Shubhshree, Rawat Publications, Jaipur and Delhi, 2004:199-215

26. Forging Identities, Initiating Reforms: The Parsi Voice in Colonial India,South Asian Review, Vol.25, No.1, November 2004:177-199

27. Behramji Malabari ‘The Parsi Hindu’: A Minority Figure as Social Reformer, Indian Renaissance Literature, Ed. Avadhesh K. Singh, Creative Books, Delhi, 2003: 201-203

28. Colonial Languages and Cultural Hegemony, Points of View, Vol. X, No. 2, Winter 2003:16-22

29. Colonial Enclosures and Autonomous Spaces: R.K. Narayan’s Malgudi, South Asian Review, Vol. XXIII, 2002:129-53

30.Whither Indian Drama?: The Politics of Performatives, Performance and Performance Spaces, (Dis)Continuities: Trends and Traditions, joint paper with Dr. Nilufer E. Bharucha, in CDE, Contemporary Theatre and Drama), ed. Elke Mettinger, Vol.IX, May 2002:211-227

31. Salman Rushdie and the Indian Diaspora, in Flight from Certainty, editors Anne Luyat and Francine Tolron, Rodopi, Amsterdam, 2001: 51-62.

32. A Critique of Postcolonial Reason: GayatriSpivak’s History of the Vanishing Present, joint review article with Sridhar Rajeswaran, Atlantic Literary Review, Vol.2, No.3, July-September 2001: 188-198

33. From Macaulay’s Minute to the Millennium: An Overview of Indian Drama in English, in CDE Studies, What Revels are in Hand? Assessments of Contemporary Drama in English, in Honour of Wolfgang Lippke, Edited by Bernhard Reitz and HeikoSthal, WissenschaftlicherVerlag Trier, 2000:239-256.

34. Imaging the Parsi Diaspora: Narratives On the Wings of Fire, in ShiftingContinents/Colliding Cultures, edited by Ralph J. Crane & Radhika Mohanram,

Rodopi, Amsterdam-Atlanta, 2000: 55-82.

35. Resisting Colonial and Postcolonial Hegemonies: Bapsi Sidhwa’s Ethno-Religious Discourse, in The Diasporic Imagination: Asian-American Writing, Vol.2, Edited by Somdatta Mandal, Prestige Books, Delhi, 2000:83-102.

36. Repossessions and Reappropriations: The Case of the City by the Sea, New Quest, July September 2000:261-286 

37. Real and Imagined Worlds: Salman Rushdie as a Writer of the Indian Diaspora, Hard Times, No.67/68, Autumn 1999:26-37.

38. Retreating into Tribal Mansions: Race and Religion in Plays written by Parsi Zoroastrians in India, CDE, Frankfurt, Vol.6, 1999:159-174

39.The Parsi Voice in Western Indian Literature and Journalism: 1820-1920, in The Parsi Contribution to Western India: The First Hundred Years, edited by Nawaz Mody, Allied Publishers, Delhi, 1999.

40.Why all this Parsiness?: An Assertion of Ethno-Religious Identity in Recent Novels Written by Parsis, in Mapping Cultural Spaces: Postcolonial Indian English Writing, edited by Nilufer E.Bharucha and Vrinda Nabar, Vision Books, Delhi, 1998.

41. Attia Hosain: A Conversation,Biblio, Delhi,Vol.III, Nos. 7 & 8, July-August 1998.

42. Articulating Silences? : Rohinton Mistry’s A Fine Balance, Critical Practice, Delhi,Vol.V,No.1, January 1998:

43. Inhabiting Enclosures and Creating Spaces: The Worlds of Women in Indian English Fiction, ARIEL, Vol.29, No.1, Canada, January 1998:93-107

44. Bombay to Mumbai: Postcolonial Repossessions and Hegemonies,SPAN, Journal of the South Pacific Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies, University of Waikato, New Zealand, No.45, October 1997

45. Remapping and Repossessing: Anita Desai’s Baumgartner’s Bombay, Journal of the University of Mumbai, Arts: Humanities and Social Sciences, Vol. 54, No.1, April 1997 (Published in February 1999)

46.The Charting of Cultural Territory: Second Generation of Postcolonial Indian English Fiction, in The Postmodern Indian English Novel, edited by Viney Kirpal, Allied Publishers, Delhi, 1997:355-367

47.Translated Women: A Study of Atima Srivastava’s Transmissions and Manorama Mathai’s Mullingtawny Soup, in The Postmodern Indian English Novel, edited VineyKirpal, Allied Publishers, Delhi, 1997:193-200

48. Literature of the Raj: Colonial Discourse and Postcolonial Readers, in Postcolonial Discourse: A Study of Contemporary Literature, edited by R.K. Dhawan, Prestige Books, Delhi, 1997.

49. From Commonwealth to Postcolonial: Indian Literature in English, Silver Jubilee Volume, Journal of Indian Writing in English, Gulbarga, 1997.

50.South Asian Novelists in Canada: Narratives of Dislocations and Relocations, Literary Criterion, Mysore, Vol.XXXII, No.1 & 2, 1997:13-22

51. Patriarchy and Colonialism: Women Writers of the Raj, in Commonwealth and American Women’s Discourse, edited by Alan McLeod, Sterling, Delhi, 1996:46-58

52.When Old Tracks are Lost: Diaspora Discourse in Rohinton Mistry’s Tales from Firozsha Baag and Such a Long Journey, Journal of Commonwealth Literature, Vol.XXX, No.2, Leeds, 1995:57-64

53. Malgudiscape: A Study of R.K. Narayan’s Fiction, The English Review, Oxford, August, 1995: 29-31.

54. Reflections in Broken Mirrors: The Diverse Diasporas in Parsi Fiction, Wasafiri, London, 1995: 32-35.

55. From Behind a Fine Veil: A Feminist Reading of Recent Parsi Novels, in Purdah in Indian English Literature, edited by Amina Amin and Jasbir Jain, Sterling, Delhi,1995: 174-185.

56. Materials Production for English Language Teaching : A Holistic Approach, Indian Journal of Applied Linguistics, New Delhi, June 1994:46-58.

57.The Writings of the Unconventional Memsahibs: A Subaltern View of the Raj, Postcolonial Perspectives on the Raj and its Literature, edited by VrindaNabar and Nilufer E. Bharucha, University of Bombay Press, Bombay, 1994:88-98.

58.Subaltern Discourse: Strategies of Feminist and Postcolonial Resistance in Dina Mehta’s And Some Take a Lover, in Indian Literature Today, Vol. 1, edited by R.K. Dhawan, Prestige, Delhi, 1994.

59.The Parsi Voice in Recent Indian English Fiction:An Assertion of Ethnic Identity in Indian English Fiction 1980-1990: An Assessment, edited by Nilufer E. Bharucha and Vilas Sarang, B.R. Publishers, Delhi, 1994:73-88

60.The Filming of Forster’s Fiction, New Quest, Pune, Sept.-Oct., 1993

61. The City as Hero, Literary Criterion, Mysore, Vol. XXVIII, No.3, 1993

Online publications:

1. Of Devis, Devdaasis and Daayins: The Image of Women in Indian Cinema, The Gender Forum, An Internet Journal for Gender Studies, University of Cologne, Germany, December, 2002: 3-13,

2. Three Modules in ‘The Sociology of the Indian Diaspora” section on The Literature and Cinema of the Indian Diaspora, E-PG pathshala, UGC, 2015-16;

Review Essays:

1. Review of Indian Writers at Work, edited by Devender Kohli, B.R. Publishers, Delhi, 1991, in Indian PEN, Bombay, January-March 1992:19-20

2. A Postmodernist Krishna: Makarand Paranjape’sPlaying the Dark God, Rupa, 1992, in Sunday Free Press Journal, Bombay, 3 May 1992.

3. Useful Introduction: New Writing, An Anthology, edited by Malcolm Bradbury and Judy Cooke, Minerva in association with British Council, London, in Debonair, September 1992.

4. Review of The English Patient, Michael Ondaatje, in Literature Alive, British Council, Madras, January, 1993:7-10

5. Telling All Revealing Nothing: Dom Moares’ Never at Home, Viking Penguin, 1992, in Debonair, February 1993.

6. Review of Reading, Catherine Wallace, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1992, in Focus on English, British Council, Madras, Vol. IX, No.1, September 1993:38-40

7. Review of Forster and Further: The Tradition of Anglo-Indian Fiction,Sujit Mukherjee, in BEAM, December 1994:39-40

8. Review of The Endless Female Hungers: A Study of Kamala Das, Vrinda Nabar, in Indian Horizons, Delhi, Vol.44, No.3,1995.

9. The Floodgates are Open: Recent Fiction from the Indian Subcontinent, Wasafiri, London, May 1995:72-74

10. ‘Mixed Marriage, Mixed Bag’ - A review of Mixed Marriage and other Parsi Stories, by Mehr Pestonji, in Parsiana, Mumbai, August 2000.

11. ‘A Critique of Postcolonial Reason: GayatriSpivak’s History of the Vanishing Present’, Journal for the Study of British Cultures, Berlin, 1/2001.

12. Review of Boman Desai’s Asylum, USA, Parsiana, November, 2001, Mumbai

13. Review of Keki N. Daruwala’s Night River: Poems, Parsiana, October, 2001:47-48

14. Review of Mehr Pestonji’s Pervez, Parsiana, November 2003:164-165

15. Review of Dina Mehta’s Mila in Love, Parsiana, March 2004: 213-214

15. Review of Mehr Pestonji’s SadakChaap, Parsiana, 2006:

16. Review of Imtiaz Dharker’s book of poems, Terrorist at My Table, Wasafiri, No.51, Summer 2007:94-95

17. Review of Joel Kuortti’s Critical Insights: Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie, in Asiatic, Vol. 9, No. 2, December 2015: 252-255 Short-Stories:

  • The Barriers Crumble, Youth Times, Vol II No. 2, April 20, 1973:46-49
  • Benediction, The Indian PEN, Bombay, July-September 1993:1-7
  • Aunt Rati’s Wedding Day, The Indian PEN, October-December 1996:1-5


The Dharampur Saga, translation of Urdu short-story,Tabeer, by MoinuddinJinabade, The Sunday Observer, Bombay, serialised from 3 October to 7 November 1993.

Where is the Sun? Translation of a Gujarati poem by Dalpat Chauhan, Journal of Postcolonial Writing, U.K., Summer 2008:440

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