Md. Mahmudul Hasan

The writer co-edited A Feminist Foremother: Critical Essays on Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain (Hyderabad: Orient Blackswan, 2016) with Mohammad A. Quayum. He works at the Department of English Language and Literature, International Islamic University Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur.

May 22, 2021
May 22, 2021

Minnat Ali’s Kafoner Lekha and the biography of an autobiography

After savouring English and world literature for quite a while, I developed an interest in South Asian literature. This led me to study writers of this literary tradition.

November 9, 2019
November 9, 2019

Visiting Norwich, a UNESCO City of Literature

In early September 2019, I made a weeklong trip to the UK to present conference papers at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and the University of East Anglia (UEA).

August 3, 2019
August 3, 2019

Literary Tourism: Exploring Charles Dickens’ Rochester

When my niece Mubasshira and her husband Morsed told me that they had moved from East London to Kent, I had little idea of the area in which they relocated. Prior to my two-week trip to the UK this year, they gave me their address which contained the name of

March 9, 2019
March 9, 2019

Our Debt of Gratitude to Abdul Quadir

Abdul Quadir (1906-84) was a poet-prosodist, essayist, editor, journalist, literary critic, bibliophile and collector of literary works. He

January 12, 2019
January 12, 2019

Critical Reception: A Comparison between Rokeya and Woolf

In a previous article titled “Rokeya and Woolf: Souls That Have Lived” (Daily Star, 8 Dec 2018), I discussed similarities and differences between Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain (1880-1932) and Virginia Woolf (1882-1941).

December 8, 2018
December 8, 2018

Rokeya and Woolf: Souls that Have Lived

There are some amazing similarities between the Bengali writer Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain (1880-1932) and her English counterpart Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) that will make you wonder whether every great soul that has ever lived experiences the same dimension of reality in different shapes.

September 29, 2018
September 29, 2018

The Bluestocking Salons of Eighteenth-Century Britain

I enjoyed reading my teacher and mentor Fakrul Alam's “The Literary Club of 18th-Century London” (Daily Star, 20 August 2018). Referring to our age-old practice of having literary addas (chatting circles) and London's “The Club” better known as “Literary Club” which Samuel Johnson (1709-84) and Joshua Reynolds (1723-92) founded in 1764, he pointed to a comparable literary tradition of Bengal and Britain.

December 9, 2016
December 9, 2016

Rokeya's wake-up call to women

In her writing, she makes it clear that men, who have denied women equal opportunities, should take a greater role in establishing gender justice.

June 1, 2015
June 1, 2015

The Essential Rokeya

In Bangladesh, Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain (1880 – 1932) is highly regarded as a literary, cultural icon and reformist writer who