Deven M. Patel

Assistant Professor
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814 Williams Hall
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Prof. Patel teaches in the Department of South Asia Studies. His focus is on the intersection of language, literature, and culture in a south Asia.


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

Research and Teaching Interests: 

Sanskrit language and literature (belles-lettres, epics, and drama); Sanskrit grammar and linguistics; the history, aesthetics, and reception of Indian literatures; pre-modern and modern Indian philosophy; the intellectual history of pre-modern South Asia; contemporary literary and cultural theory; Pali, Prakrit, Hindi and Gujarati language and literature; translation and translation theory in South Asian contexts.

Selected Publications: 

From Text to Tradition: Literary Reception, Reading Communities and the Destiny of Śrīharṣa’s Naiṣadhīyacarita” (under review)

“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.

“A Temple for Ascending to Heaven” in Art in Translation 2.1 (2010) pp.79-86 (with Nachiket Chanchani)

Recent Courses: 
  • Introduction to Indian Philosophy
  • India’s Literatures: Love, War, Wisdom, and Humor
  • Hindu Mythology
  • Introductory Sanskrit: Script, Phonetics, Grammar, and Style
  • Readings in Sanskrit
  • Methodology Seminar in Literary History and Aesthetics