Santanu Das

Queen Mary, University of London
Educated in Calcutta and Cambridge, Santanu Das joined Queen Mary in 2005, initially as a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, from a research fellowship at St. John’s College, Cambridge. He is the author of Touch and Intimacy in First World War Literature (Cambridge, 2006, ppk 2008) which recovered and analysed the role of the senses, particularly touch, in First World War experience and literature, and for which he was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize in 2009. His work on war literature has appeared in journals such as Modernism/Modernity, Textual Practice and The American Scholar, and he has recently written on E.M.Forster for The Cambridge Companion to the English Novel (2010). Recently he has been working on the international, particularly the colonial, aspects of First World War experience and writing. This has involved editing a volume of essays titled Race, Empire and the First World War and a monograph on India and First World War literature (in progress).

The Dying Kiss: Gender and Intimacy in the Trenches of World War I

In the trenches of World War I, the norms of tactile contact between men changed profoundly. Mutilation and mortality, loneliness and boredom, the strain of constant bombardment, the breakdown of language and the sense of alienation from home led to … Continue reading

Posted in Body and Mind | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment


If the First World War is described as the end of illusion for a whole generation of young men, the horrors of trench mud can be said to be the beginning of that end. The constant source of trauma in … Continue reading

Posted in Body and Mind, From Space to Place | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments