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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.  
"Kāvya’s Repeat Performances: Intersections of Aesthetics, yoga-parikarma-bhāvanā, and the Logic of Medium-Specificity in Daśarūpaka’s Discussion of śāntarasa" (2020) in Cracow Indological Studies, Issue XXII (2). (
"Sources of Authority: 800-1500 CE" in A Cultural History of Hinduism in the Post-Classical Age (800-1500 CE). Ed. Karen Pechilis.  Bloomsbury Press.  [Forthcoming]  
"The Curious Case of Sanskrit Literary Translingualism" in The Routledge Handbook of Literary Translingualism.  Eds. Steven Kellman and Natasha Lvovich.  Routledge Press [Forthcoming]
 "Desire, Perception, and the Poetry of Desire: A Reading of the Vasucaritramu" in Sensitive Readings: The Pleasures of South Asian Literature in Translation. Eds. Yigal Bronner and Charles Hallisey. University of California Press [Forthcoming]
“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
Review of Extreme Poetry (Y. Bronner) in the Journal of the American Oriental Society 130.4 (2011), pp. 28-30. 
Review of Imagining the Urban: Sanskrit and the City in Early India (S. Kaul) in the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 19.1 (2013), pp. 189-190.

Review of Innovations and Turning Points in Kāvya Literature in Journal of the American Oriental Society (Ed. Bronner, Tubb, Shulman), V. 137/1.  Ann Arbor: University of Michigan, 2017.

Review of A Rasa Reader: Classical Indian Aesthetics (S. Pollock) in The Indian Economic and Social History Review (IESHR), 55, 4 (2018): 575-592.

Review of The Language of the Snakes: Prakrit, Sanskrit, and the Language Order of Premodern India  (A. Ollett) in The Journal of Asian Studies (JAS), Vol. 78, Issue 3 (August 2019), pp. 711-712. 

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