University of Minnesota
Asian Languages & Literature

Asian Languages and Literature.

Nandini Chandra



  • Youth Culture Industries in India
  • Social History of the Hindi World
  • Childhood Studies
  • Hindi Cinema
  • South Asian Visual Cultures
  • Travel
  • Literature
  • Autobiographies

Educational Background

Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi 2001


  • The Classic Popular: Amar Chitra Katha (1967-2007), Yoda Press, New Delhi, 2008 (Book)
  • Young Protest: The Idea of Merit in Commercial Hindi Cinema, for the Cinema and Public Sphere Special Issue edited by David Slocum, Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Forthcoming.
  • Travel Writing as Nationalist Pedagogy in the Hindi Children’s Periodicals (1920-50), South Asia, Journal of the South Asian Studies, Volume 30, Issue 2 , August 2007 , pages 293 – 325.
  • Amar Chitra Kathas: Between the Bubbles and the Deep Blue Sea of Pictorial Suggestiveness in Yearly Review, Special Issue, No. 13, on the theme of “Meditations: Literature Across Media”, Department of English, Delhi University, 2004-5.
  • A Different Gaze: Vikram Seth’s Journey through Mainland China in GJV Prasad ed. Vikram Seth: An Anthology of Recent Criticism, Pencraft International, 2004.
  • Looking Back at the Hindi Adaptation of Look Back in Anger in ed. GJV Prasad, The Lost Temper: Critical Essays on Look Back in Anger, Mcmillan, 2004.
  • Review Article on Charu Gupta’s Sexuality, Obscenity, Community: Women, Muslims and the Hindu Public in Colonial India. Hindi, Vol.2, No.3, Oct-Dec 2001.
  • The Cultural Logic of Amar Chitra Katha in Tapati Guha Thakurta ed., Culture and the Disciplines: Papers from the Cultural Studies Workshops, Enreca Occasional Paper Series, CSSS, Calcutta: 1999.
  • Touch and Tell in Himal Southasian, May-June 2006.
  • Male Catharsis, Female Skin (Tehelka, Vol. 2, Issue 21, May 28, 2005) ‘Mallika and the Body Factory’ (Tehelka, Vol. 2, Issue 34, Aug 27, 2005).
  • The Market Life of Amar Chitra Katha (1970–91) Seminar 453, May 1997.
  • The Politics of the Anthologising of Short Stories Written by Indian Women in the Women's Special Issue of Book Review, June 1995.
  • Beech Bahas mein Bachpan: Upniveshkaleen Bharat ka ek Adhyayan in Shiksha Vimarsh, Year 7, No. 4-6, July-Dec. 2005.
  • Amar Chitra Katha mein “Rashtriya” aur “Lokpriya”, Janmat, Jan-March 2002.

Research Activities

  • Portrait of the Family in Small Town North India (1900-70)
  • Travellers and Travel Tropes of the 20th century Hindi World
  • Child Artists and Child-Centric Cinema of Bombay, Minor Genres, The Idea of Politics in Popular Hindi Cinema.


  • Visiting Fellowship at The Centre D’etudes de L’Inde et de L’asie du Sud, CNRS/ EHESS 6-20, December 2006
  • Seed Grant from Sarai for a Short Term Research Proposal on “The Child’s Experience of the City in Hindi Cinema” with a special focus on the lives of child artists. 2003
  • Grant from the Heinrich Boll Foundation, New Delhi and British Council, Delhi to do work at the India Office Library, London, 2004 May-July.

Courses Teaching

  • South Asian Women Writers
  • Intermediate Hindi
  • Modern South Asian Literature