Manu Mangattu


Manu Mangattu is an English Professor, poet, editor, lyricist, film-critic, research consultant and publishing expert. He has published 9 books, 79 international research publications, 97 academic papers and 20 edited volumes with reputed publishers like Routledge, Harper-Collins, Harvard University Press and Penguin. He serves as chief editor/editor for various international journals and is on the syllabus revision and approval committees of many reputed universities. During his stint as an Assistant Professor of English, he had done UGC funded research projects and a SWAYAM-MOOC course on Romantic Literature. He completed a UGC funded research project on “Sachin Tendulkar as an Aesthetic Experience" in 2017. A poet at heart who would live and die in Art, he writes poetry in English and several Indian languages. A polyglot with a passion for music and film, he finds delight in doing translations from Chinese, Persian and Sanskrit. The Chinese Poetry Conglomerate acknowledged his contributions in taking Chinese Poetry to the Western world by naming him "Comrade to Poetry China" in 2016. A visiting faculty at various universities and a quintessential bohemian-vagabond, he conducts poetry readings, workshops and lectures. He won the prestigious “Most read and recommended researcher award” during the last 3 years (2018, 2019 and 2020) with close to ten thousand recommendations garnered through his career. After an apprenticeship in Shakespeare under Dr Stephen Greenblatt, Harvard University, Cambridge, he currently offers part-time guidance to 27 research scholars (2 awarded) from India, Iran, Australia, KSA, Indonesia and Djibouti), and mentors about 1300 post-graduates/ guest lecturers/ research scholars preparing for NTA-NET examination. An ambidextrous ambivert blessed with extreme colour blindness, he also plies his trade in the film and publishing industry. He can be contacted at, +91-9496322323.

Smashwords Interview

Excerpts from the Interview with Mr Manu Mangattu by Dr David Greene, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA
Here we go:
Dr Greene: Why is it that there is very little Nature in your poetry? It is baffling since your love for the Romantics is well known. Is a volume of Nature poetry around the corner?
Manu Mangattu: No; probably I will never have a poem, let alone a volume, on Nature. I know this is dangerous territory and I might scare away some of my potential readers, but let me have no pretentions. I don’t have it in me to enjoy and appreciate the beauty of Nature. When I go for sight-seeing, when I am in the lap of Nature, it is invariably the company that delights me and not the sights themselves. I see them all excellently fair, but within me I can’t experience that beauty. It used to perplex me a lot why I wasn’t able to see and absorb what my friends could. These days I console myself attributing my lack of sensitivity towards Nature to my colour-blindness. But I know it isn’t true. Nature shouldn’t be about the eyes, shouldn’t be about any of the senses. Maybe I should put it this way. I am more preoccupied, in life and in Art, with human nature, much much more than anything and everything else. The inner life of man, the inner nature of man, delights, perplexes, energises and propels me, a lot more than the outer nature.
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Where to find Manu Mangattu online


Lecture on From 'Pillar' to 'Post' : Making Sense of the Linguistic Turn


Redefining Theories of Communication: 21st Century Perspectives in Language and Literature
Price: Free! Words: 370,180. Language: British English. Published: March 31, 2023 . Categories: Essay » Literature
Redefining Theories of Communication: 21st Century Perspectives in Language and Literature is a collection of 148 scholarly research papers compiled and edited by Dr G Immanuel and Dr T Sri Devi, Assistant Professors of English, SRM IST, Ramapuram. The articles in the volume are the proceedings from an International Conference conducted in 2022 on Theories of Communication.
The Dialectics of Centre and Margin: Culture, Theory and Praxis
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 72,750. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2022 . Categories: Essay » Literature
The Dialectics of Centre and Margin: Culture, Theory and Praxis is a collection of scholarly articles edited and compiled by Dr Nilanjan Chakraborty, Assistant Professor in English, Panchla Mahavidyalaya West Bengal. It problematizes the center-margin conflict that stems from the ideological resistance of the Postcolonial spaces interrogating and critiquing the Eurocentric discourses.
Mapping the Shifting Paradigms of Post-Modern Society
Price: Free! Words: 99,600. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2022 . Categories: Essay » Literature, Nonfiction » Philosophy » Movements / Post-structuralism
This book is an edited collection of 43 well-researched and scholarly articles that emerged out of the deliberations during the 3 day International Conference on Postmodernism hosted by All India Forum for English Students Scholars and Trainers (AIFEST) from 11 to 13 February 2022. Chief Editor: Abhilash Kaushik
Old Wine in New Bottles: Re-Canonizing the Timeless Word
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 58,690. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2019 . Categories: Nonfiction » Literary criticism » Books & Reading, Essay » Literature
This book views literary canon as an infinite repertoire of values and interpretations, eternally challenging us to excavate and uncover meanings and evaluations based on a clear-sighted understanding of the present. It contains 20 well-researched articles by eminent scholars that scrutinize the aforementioned issues from the vantage points of research, literary canon and critical historicism.
Mute Melodies
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,360. Language: British English. Published: October 6, 2016 . Categories: Nonfiction » Literary criticism » Poetry, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Music
Mute Melodies is an anthology of 25 poems penned by Manu Mangattu. It comprises the ideal kind of poetry: inspired, imaginative, and intelligent. The poems deal with themes as varied as love and longing, memories and modernity, religion and reason. This is Romantic poetry at its melancholic, brooding best! Easily one of the finest poetry collections to emerge from the academia.
Pain Pleasure and Paradox in Poetry: A Verse Compendium
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,720. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: May 21, 2016 . Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Poetry » Themes & motifs » General
Poetry often seems to use a language that relies heavily on oxymora, paradoxes and contradictions. Phrases like “the brilliant darkness of a hidden silence”, “dazzling obscurity”, “whispering silence”, “teeming desert” or “undivided division and differentiated unity” are not uncommon in poetry. This verse compendium is an attempt at anthologizing this puzzling chemistry between poetry and paradox.

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