Narasingha Sil

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Narasingha Prosad Sil (born in Kolkata in the reputed Sil family of Bowbazar, in December 1937) goes by the nickname "Ram" and was Professor of European and English history at Western Oregon University, Monmouth, Oregon.[1]


Ram is primarily trained in the history of Tudor England and has published nine books, sixty-three refereed journal articles, five review essays, six articles in anthologies, fifty-two encyclopedia articles in British, European, African, Chinese, and Indian history. Additionally, he published sixty-five book-reviews, forty of them for The Statesman, Kolkata by invitation during 1992-99). Notably, Professor Sil was invited to contribute articles to the Encyclopedia of Religion (2nd edition) and the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (New DNB). Dr. Sil has received campus recognition for scholarship twice (1992 and 2004. He retired as Professor Emeritus in July 2011. Prior to joining Western in January 1987, Dr. Sil served University of Benin, Nigeria as Associate Professor of History from March 1980 to December 1986, University of Oregon as Assistant Professor from Fall 1978 to Winter 1980. During 1967-71 he also taught in Comprehensive Higher Secondary Schools in Dessie and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He worked in Vidyasagar College, Kolkata and Chandannagar Government College, West Bengal, India as Lecturer in History during 1962-64.



  • William Herbert, 1st Earl of Pembroke (1551 creation)|William Lord Herbert of Pembroke (c. 1507-1570): Politique and Patriot (1988. Second revised ed. 1992) Edwin Mellen Press ISBN 0-88946-458-8
  • Kautilya's Arthasastra: A Comparative Study (American University Studies Series V, Philosophy) (July 1989) Peter Lang Publishing ISBN 0-8204-0898-0
  • Ramakrsna Paramahamsa: A Psychological Profile (Brill's Indological Library, Vol. 4) (1991) Brill Academic Publishers ISBN 90-04-09478-4
  • Swami Vivekananda: A Reassessment (1997) Susquehanna University Press ISBN 0-945636-97-0
  • Ramakrishna Revisited: A New Biography (1998) University Press of America ISBN 0-7618-1052-8
  • Tudor Placemen and Statesmen: Select Case Histories (October 2001) Fairleigh Dickinson University Press ISBN 0-8386-3912-7
  • Divine Dowager: The Life and Teachings of Saradamani, the Holy Mother (January 2004) Susquehanna University Press ISBN 1-57591-073-X
  • Crazy in Love of God: Ramakrishna's Caritas Divina (2009) Susquehanna University Press ISBN 978-1-57591-133-5.
  • The Life of Sharatchandra Chattopadhyay: Drifter and Dreamer (2012) Rowman & Littlefield/Fairleigh Dickinson University Press ISBN978-1-61147-507-4


  • "The Odysey of Ananda Marga: A Comparative Study, The Journal of Asian and African Studies , XLVIII, 2 (2012).
  • "Tipu Sultan in History: Revisionism Revised," Sage Open(April–June, 2013).
  • "Kali's Child and Krishna's Lover: Anatomy of Ramakrishna's Caritas Divina, Religion, XXX, 3 (2009). Electronic version in Science Direct: doi:10.1016/j.religion.200812.002
  • "Tipu Sultan: A Re-Vision," The Calcutta Historical Journal, XXVIII, 1 (2008).
  • "Bankim Redivivus: An Appraisal," The Calcutta Historical Journal, XXVII, 1 (2007).
  • "Postcolonialism and Postcoloniality: A Premortem Prognosis," Alternatives: Turkish Journal of International Relations, VII, 4 (Winter 2008).
  • "Rabindranath and World-Life." English translation of Niharranjan Ray, "Rabindranath O Bishvajiban" in idem, Parabaas (Webzine For the Study of the Cultural Heritage of Bengal)(August 2007).
  • "Devotio Humana: Rabindranath's Love Poems Revisited," Parabaas (Webzine For the Study of the Cultural Heritage of Bengal) (February 2005).
  • "The Sage and the Saint: Vivekananda and Bankimchandra as Patriots and Nationalists," East-West Connections: Review of Asian Studies, IV, 1 (2004).
  • "The Swami and the Sister," International Institute for Asian Studies Newsletter (University of Leiden), XXXII (November 2003).
  • "Vivekananda and Nietzsche as Critics of Western Bourgeois Civilization," Virginia Review of Asian Studies, V (Fall 2003).
  • "Ramakrishna", Oxford Bibliography Online (2012) Oxford University Press.
  • "'My bitter comedie': The Treason Trial of Sir Nicholas Throckmorton and the Rule of Law in Tudor England" in Empires: Essays in Honor of Professor Thomas A. Brady, Jr. (2007) E.J. Brill.
  • "Rabindranath's Nationalist Thought: A Retrospect" in Mohammad Quayum, ed., The Poet and His World: Critical Essays on Rabindranath Tagore (2011) Orient Blackswan.
  • "Amar man majechhe sei gabhirer gopan bhalobasay: Rabindranath the Aesthetic Erotic" in Rama Datta and Clinton Seely, eds., *Celebrating Tagore: A Collection of Essays (2009)Allied Publishers Private Limited.
  • The Babu of Colonial Calcutta: A Reassessment (2009) Monash University, Australia. Working Paper # 10.
  • Prophet Disarmed: Vivekananda and Nivedita (1997) Monash University, Australia. Working Paper # 2.
  • "The Professor and the Paramahamsa: Martin Luther and Ramakrishna Compared," Asian Social Science, VII, 5 (May 2011).
  • "Ramakrishna" "Vivekananda" Further Consideration in Encyclopedia of Religion (2nd ed. 2004).
  • "William Herbert," "Anthony Denny," "John Gates," and "Francis Jobson" in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (New DNB) (2006).