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Anirudh Karnick

PhD Candidate

Education

MPhil English, University of Hyderabad

MA English, University of Delhi

BA (Hons) English, University of Delhi

Bio

I am a dual PhD candidate in South Asia Studies and Comparative Literature. In my ongoing dissertation, I study the transformation in the conception of poetry and aesthetics in the last two centuries, as literary historiography and practice are reorganized along linguistic lines. I do this specifically via a study of the substantial corpus of critical-theoretical and literary-historical literature on Hindi poetry from the late 19th to the mid-20th C. in North India. The transition from 'conventional' to lyric/modern poetry in the textualized high poetic traditions of the so-called Old World is a productive site for comparison across geographical regions. I am interested in similar processes -- the transformation of poetic practices, the reorganization of literary historiography, and the massification of standardized languages -- in modern South Asia, in particular, but also in Asia and Europe more generally.

I am also writing the first critical biography of Krishna Baldev Vaid (1927-2020), one of Hindi’s foremost modernist writers; the biography will be in Hindi and be published in the Raza Pustak Mala as part of its Biographies of the Masters series. I translate regularly -- at present, I am translating book-length interviews conducted by Udayan Vajpeyi with Shamsur Rahman Faruqi (Upanyāskār kā Safarnāmā [A Novelist's Odyssey]) and Krishna Baldev Vaid (Pravās aur Pravās [Exile and Exile]).

Research Interests

19th and 20th C. literature (especially in Hindi, English), Vernacular aesthetic theory, Literary historiography, Intellectual history, The afterlives of European modernism, Translation.

Languages: Hindi, English, Canara Konkani (not Goan), Bangla, Brajbhasha (intermediate reading), Marathi (intermediate reading), Sanskrit (basic reading).

Selected Publications

Translations

Premchand, Munshi. "A Trip to the Hills." The Complete Short Stories, ed. M. Asaduddin (New Delhi: Penguin India, 2017)
Premchand, Munshi. "Nitpicker." The Complete Short Stories, ed. M. Asaduddin (New Delhi: Penguin India, 2017)
Premchand, Munshi. "The Corpse of a Marriage." The Complete Short Stories, ed. M. Asaduddin (New Delhi: Penguin India, 2017)

Courses Taught

Teaching Assistant

  • ENGL/COML 059.401 All of Beckett
  • SAST004/COML005 India's Literatures: Love, War, Wisdom, and Humor
  • ENGL065.001 Love in An Age of Cynicism
  • SAST007-401/COML013-401 Introduction to Modern South Asian Literature: New Literatures of Resistance and Representations

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