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Deven M. Patel

Associate Professor

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); grammar and linguistics; 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.
Interview with Critical Margins:
Āndhraśabdacintāmaṇi: A Grammar of Telugu Language in Sanskrit [co-authored with R.V.S. Sundaram], Central Institute of Indian Languages, 2016. 
Kavirājamārgam: The Way of the King of Poets  [co-authored with R.V.S. Sundaram], Jawarharlal Nehru University (Kannada Language Chair) and Manohar Publishers, 2017.  

"Sources of Authority in Post-Classical Hinduism" in A Cultural History of Hinduism in the Post-Classical Age (800-1500 CE). Ed. Karen Pechilis.  Bloomsbury Press.  [Forthcoming] 

“The Literary Commentary in Sanskrit as Metalinguistic Communication” in Asiatiche Studien – Études Asiatiques, vol., no., (2022).

"The Curious Case of Sanskrit Literary Translingualism" in The Routledge Handbook of Literary Translingualism.  Eds. Steven Kellman and Natasha Lvovich.  Routledge Press (2021).

"Desire, Perception, and the Poetry of Desire: A Reading of the Vasucaritramu" in Sensitive Reading: The Pleasures of South Asian Literature in Translation. Eds. Yigal Bronner and Charles Hallisey. University of California Press (2021).

"Kāvya’s Repeat Performances: Intersections of Aesthetics, yoga-parikarma-bhāvanā, and the Logic of Medium-Specificity in Daśarūpaka’s Discussion of śāntarasa" in Cracow Indological Studies, Issue XXII (2) (2020).

“Appropriations and Innovations in Metalinguistic Terminology in an Influential Telugu Grammar Composed in Sanskrit” (2017) in Histoire Épistémologie Langage, Paris: Société d’Histoire et d’Épistémologie des sciences du Langage (International Society for the History and Epistemology of Language Science).

"Mettabhāvanā in Traditional and Popular Buddhist Contexts" (2014) in Asian PhilosophyAn International Journal of the Philosophical Traditions of the East. Taylor & Francis. Volume 24, Issue 4.

“Sanskrit Poetry” (2012) in The New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, 4th Edition. Ed. Greene and Cushman. Princeton University Press, pp. 1250-1255.

“Shared Typologies of KāmaśāstraAlaṅkāraśāstra, and Literary Criticism” (2011) in the Journal of Indian Philosophy, Volume 39, No.1.

"Source, Exegesis, and Translation: Sanskrit Commentary and Regional Language Translation in South Asia" (2011) in the Journal of the American Oriental Society, Vol. 131, no. 2

Courses Taught

SAST 004 401 India's Literature: Love, War, Wisdom and Humor
SAST 006 401 Hindu Mythology
SAST 150 401 Introduction To Indian Philosophy
SAST 324 401 Sanskrit Literature and Poetry
SAST 334 401A Survey of Sanskrit, Pakrit,& Classical Tamil Literature in Translation
SAST 631 401A The Sanskrit Epics
SAST 713 401 Literary Theory, Aesthetics, and Comparative Literature in South Asia
SKRT 460 001 Sanskrit: 1st Year
SAST 480 301 Readings in Sanskrit Literature 


American Oriental Society, Association for Asian Studies, International Association of Sanskrit Studies, American Institute of Indian Studies, Scindia Oriental Research Institute, Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute