Azfar Hussain

January 18, 2020
January 18, 2020

Some Issues in Medieval Bangla Literature: Baru Chandidas and Vidyapati

It is undoubtedly a challenging task to characterize the world of medieval Bangla literature, given its rich diversity and staggering magnitude.

October 19, 2019
October 19, 2019

Jibanananda Das: Poetics, Politics, Political Economy

Jibanananda Das (1899-1954) is widely regarded as one of the greatest poets in the Bengali language. His poetry in particular has already made possible a staggering range of interpretive adventures and hermeneutic excavations, although he wrote 21 novels and 110 short stories that were discovered after his death.

August 11, 2019
August 11, 2019

Of Itching and Scratching

I, an itching palm? —William Shakespeare

June 23, 2019
June 23, 2019

Serajul Islam Choudhury: Our leading literary and cultural critic

Life is all about enjoying work,” said Serajul Islam Choudhury on his eightieth birthday. Widely acclaimed as our foremost intellectual and as our leading literary and cultural critic, Choudhury exemplifies nothing short of phenomenal productivity. Today—June 23—

May 25, 2019
May 25, 2019

Kazi Nazrul Islam and Our Struggle for Emancipation

I am a poet of the present, and not a prophet of the future. […] My birth in this country and this society does not mean that I shall remain constricted and confined to them. No, I belong to all countries and to the entirety of humanity. —Kazi Nazrul Islam

June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018

Serajul Islam Choudhury - Our Leading Intellectual and Inspiration

He confronts, challenges, and combats the world with words. But his words become more than words. They morph into weapons in our struggles against oppression and injustice. For him, of course, writing is fighting. But, then, he is more than a combative writer.

May 26, 2018
May 26, 2018

Kazi Nazrul Islam: Some Questions and Concerns

In his voice we continue to hear the cadences, inflections, and accents of resistance and even revolution.

May 19, 2018
May 19, 2018

Two Poems

You taught me language, and my profit on't

August 5, 2017
August 5, 2017

From Dhaka and Dirty Dialectics:

But, Dhaka, I hear your sepoy in the attic say, as he fashions his life after the size and shape of a solitude more tenacious than my

July 24, 2017
July 24, 2017

Confronting life, love, and liberation with a style

Mahmudul Haque wrote and remained silent equally remarkably in his lifetime. And when he wrote, he wrote productively, even intensely, with a peculiar passion untrammeled by momentary vicissitudes. He wrote most of his novels at one stretch, taking a week or two. He wrote one novel even in a single day.