Deven M. Patel

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Associate 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
B.A. Columbia University

Research and Teaching 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, Prakit, 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.  
Recent Courses: 
  • 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
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