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Deven M. Patel

Associate Professor

Undergraduate Chair

Williams Hall 814


Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley
B.A. Columbia University

Research Interests

Sanskrit language and literature (belles-lettres, epics, and drama); traditions of South Asian grammar and linguistics; the history, aesthetics, and reception of Indian literatures; Indian philosophy and intellectual history; Pali, Prakrit, Hindi and Gujarati language and literature; translation theory.

Selected Publications

  • Text to Tradition: The Naiṣadhīyacarita and Literary Community in South Asia.  Columbia University Press, 2014

  • Āndhraśabdacintāmai: A Grammar of Telugu Language in Sanskrit.  (With R.V.S. Sundaram) Central Institute of Indian Languages, 2016

Selected Journal Articles 

  • “Source, Exegesis, and Translation: Sanskrit Commentary and Regional Language Translation in South Asia.”  Journal of the American Oriental Society, Volume 131, No. 2 (April-June 2011), pp. 245-266.
  • “Shared Typologies of Kāmaśāstra, Alaṅkāraśāstra and Literary Criticism.” Journal of Indian Philosophy, Volume 39, No.1 (February 2011), pp. 101-122.
  • "Sanskrit Poetry." The New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, 4th Edition.  Ed. Greene and Cushman. Princeton University Press, 2012.  Pp. 1250-1255.
  • "Mettābhāvanā in Traditional and Popular Buddhist Contexts."  Asian Philosophy, Volume 23 (4): 323-340 (2013).  

Courses Taught

SAST 004 401India's Literature: Love, War, Wisdom and Humor

SAST 006 401Hindu Mythology

SAST 150 401Introduction To Indian Philosophy

SAST 324 401Sanskrit Literature and Poetry

SAST 334 401A Survey of Sanskrit, Pakrit,& Classical Tamil Literature in Translation

SAST 713 401Literary Theory, Aesthetics, and Comparative Literature in South Asia

SKRT 460 001Sanskrit: 1st Year

SAST 480 301Readings in Sanskrit Literature