Sukanta Chaudhuri was educated at Presidency College, Kolkata, and Oxford University. He was Professor of English first at Presidency College and then at Jadavpur University, Kolkata, where he is now Professor Emeritus. At Jadavpur, he founded the interdisciplinary School of Cultural Texts and Records. His primary areas of interest are the European Renaissance and textual and editorial studies. His most recent major publication was ‘The Metaphysics of Text’ (Cambridge, 2010), and he is currently editing A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Third Arden Shakespeare. He is active in digital humanities, and was planner and chief co-ordinator of the Tagore online variorum Bichitra. He has also translated widely from Bengali to English. He has held various positions in academic planning and administration, a subject on which he writes regularly in the Indian press. He is currently Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford.