Diya Gupta

Writer. Researcher.

Welcome to my website.

I am a literary and cultural historian interested in the intersections between life-writing, visual culture and literature, particularly in response to war. I am currently a Postdoctoral Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of English Studies, University of London.

My recently concluded doctoral research (2015-2019) at the Department of English, King's College London, studied Indian experiences and literature of the Second World War. My PhD drew upon diverse sources and authors. I started with letters, interviews and memoirs – ranging from the rank-and-file soldier to the newly recruited Indian officer – along with colonial photographs to understand how the visual and textual relate to one another. I then examined how political philosophy and literary texts interrogate the Indian war experience. Drawing upon my bilingual skills, I considered works in both English and Bengali languages.

As an experienced freelance journalist, I have been published in leading Indian and UK newspapers, magazines and websites, including the Guardian, the award-winning CAM magazine, and The Telegraph (India)

I have significant experience in presenting academic projects to the non-specialist, having worked in academic communications at the universities of Cambridge, Sheffield and King's College London, and offer freelance writing services to universities, charities and newspapers.

If you wish to share your friend or family member's experience of the Second World War and be part of my research project, please get in touch. Alternatively, if you would like to commission a writing project from me, drop me a line. I would be delighted to hear from you.

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