Dr. Suddhaseel Sen obtained his Ph.D. in English (English and South Asian Studies) from the University of Toronto (2010). He has been an Assistant Professor of English at Presidency University (Kolkata) since July 2013. He is currently enrolled in the Department of Music at Stanford University as a doctoral student, working on cross-cultural exchanges between Indian and European musicians in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries.
In addition to Shakespeare and Adaptation Studies, his academic interests include musicology, nineteenth- and twentieth-century European and South Asian literature, cross-cultural encounters (especially between Europe and South Asia), comparative literature, and the interrelations between literature, music and film. He was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia, has lectured on opera and music theory at Stanford University, and has also taught, both privately and at the Calcutta School of Music, courses in music history, harmony, and orchestration. His publications include articles and book chapters on interrelations between music and literature (Richard Wagner’s influence on T. S. Eliot, song settings of Rabindranath Tagore by Western composers), films of Satyajit Ray, European and Indian adaptations of Shakespeare (Ambroise Thomas’ opera Hamlet and Vishal Bhardwaj’s film Maqbool) and on Wagner and German Orientalism. He is currently finishing a book project on nineteenth-century adaptations of Shakespeare in Europe and India .