Firdous Azim, is Professor of English at BRAC University, and a member of Naripokkho, a woman’s group in Bangladesh. She did her doctoral work at the University of Sussex. In the 50th year celebration of Sussex University, Firdous Azim was awarded the US50 fellowship, which recognizes her as one of the 50 notable alumni of Sussex University. She combines both literary and feminist concerns in her writings. Her books include The Colonial Rise of the Novel (Routledge, 1993), and she has co-edited Infinite Variety: Essays on Society and Literature (University Press Limited, 1998). She is part of the Feminist Review and Inter-Asia Cultural Studies editorial board, and has edited special issues for both journals. She has been a jury member for the Prothom Alo (the leading daily newspaper in Bangladesh) best book award in 2005 as well as the Commonwealth Short Story Competition for Commonwealth Writers in 2016. She was also a member of the jury for the Himal South Asian Short Film Festival.
Her on-going research centres on women’s writings in the early twentieth century in Bengal, where she intends to draw out the connections between issues of modernity and nation-making and the place of women within those processes.