Chinmaya Lal Thakur is a doctoral research candidate at the Department of Creative Arts and English (English Discipline) at La Trobe University, Melbourne. The working title of his proposed dissertation is 'The Representation of Subjectivity in the Novels of David Malouf: Aspects of Being and Becoming'. Drawing on the works of Martin Heidegger, Jacques Derrida, and Gilles Deleuze, the thesis will involve thinking about the end(s) of the novel, narrativising, and re-presentation.
Before joining the PhD program at La Trobe, Thakur worked as an Assistant Professor in English at Motilal Nehru College and S.G.T.B. Khalsa College, University of Delhi. His areas of research interest include postcolonial studies, modernist literatures, novel theory, and Continental Philosophy.
Thakur has been awarded an M.Phil. degree from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi for his dissertation 'The Novel and Epistemological Critique: Reading Franz Kafka'. The dissertation is a study of the figurations of contingency (in the form of accidents, laughter, non-arrival, and waiting) in Kafka's novels .
Thakur's research work at La Trobe is supported by the University's Full Fee Research Scholarship and Post Graduate Research Scholarship.