Syed Akhtar, St Edmund's

Degree: PhD
Course: English
Supervisor: Prof Sarah Meer
Dissertation Title:

Rethinking Methodologies: History-Writing and Affect in the Works of Toni Morrison and Saidiya Hartman

Biographical Information

I hold a Bachelor's in English from Kirorimal College, University of Delhi, and a Master's in English from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Previously, I served as a guest lecturer at Zakir Hussain Delhi College, University of Delhi, before pursuing my PhD at Cambridge. I'm also an Urdu-to-English translator.

Research Interests

My research interests include slavery narratives, South Asian literature, the interplay of history and literature, historical fiction, and the connections between the Black Atlantic and the Indian Ocean. I have previously worked on Hindi-Urdu travelogues.

Selected Publications

Akhtar, S. A. (2020). 'Love Translated' of Relapse: 2020 A Novel by Srikant Verma translated by Krishna Baldev Vaid. The Book Review, 44(9), 144.

Akhtar, S. A. (2022). A Progressive Writing (A Translation of Saadat Hasan Manto's 'Taraqqi Pasand'). Indian Literature, (330), 106-116.