Priyanjali Sen

PhD Candidate

PhD Candidate Priyanjali Sen


Title: The Literary influence on Bengali cinema (1947-67)

Supervisor: Richard Allen

The dissertation focuses on the formulation of a literary poetics of Bengali cinema, based on the influence of Bengali literature and literary culture in shaping and defining post-independence Bengali cinema (1947-67)


Priyanjali Sen is a Ph.D. candidate (ABD) and Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Cinema Studies. She has a B.A. in English from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University, and double M.A. degrees from the AJK Mass Communication Research Center at Jamia Millia Islamia University (New Delhi), and the Cinema Studies Department at NYU.

She has taught courses on Indian Cinema, Bollywood, Film Form & Film Appreciation (Future Film Scholars) and Hollywood Adaptations.


  • “Origins, Fidelity and the Auteur: The Bengali Films of Tapan Sinha” in Adaptation, Awards Culture, and the Value of Prestige, (Eds.) Colleen Kennedy-Karpat & Eric Sandberg. Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.
  • “Les familles fragmentées: nouvelles représentations des structures familiales dans le cinéma Bengali” (Fractured families: changing representations of family structures in Bengali cinema) in La famille au cinema: Regards juridiques et cinématographiques, (Eds. & Trans.) Magalie Flores-Lonjou and Estelle Epinoux. France: Mare et Martin, 2016.
  • Book Review: Manishita Dass, Outside the Lettered City: Cinema, Modernity, & the Public Sphere in Late Colonial India, (2016) in Studies in South Asian Film and Media, Vol. 8 No.1, Intellect: September 2016.
  • Book Review: Bhaskar Sarkar, Mourning the Nation: Indian Cinema in the Wake of Partition, (2009) in Studies in South Asian Film and Media, Vol. 2 No. 2, Intellect: September 2011.