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My first book, World Literature and the Question of Genre in Colonial India: Poetry, Drama, and Print Culture 1790-1890, was published by Bloomsbury in 2022.
In this essay, I describe the development of an itinerant theatre tradition in western India between the years 1843 and 1880, recreate a night’s performance, and address various elements of this tradition—the performance, a troupe’s internal dynamics, performance venues, and audience expectations. This was the first popular theatre in western India...
How was intellectual exchange in the colonies a vital arena for the ferment of twentieth-century theory, especially of foundational figures? This chapter explores the colonial connections between Romantic thought and the linguistic theories of Ferdinand de Saussure. Vishnushastri Chiplunkar (1850-1882) combined Herderian ideas about the naturalness...
World Literature and the Question of Genre in Colonial India describes the way Marathi literary culture, entrenched in performative modes of production and reception, saw the germination of a robust, script-centric dramatic culture owing to colonial networks of literary exchange and the newfound, wide availability of print technology. The author d...
This article provides an optic for understanding the genre of the Marathi love lyric, lavani (lāvaṇī), and its emotionality. The genre reached its greatest popularity during the turn of the nineteenth century, receiving broad popular support as well as patronage from the Maratha State. Often contrasted with the povada (povāḍā), defined essentially...
This article is about the performative effects of the Abhijñānaśākuntalam, more popularly known as Shakuntala, in western India during the nineteenth century.Noting the play’s importance for various oriental discourses and romanticisms across Europe, this article instead charts the play’s interpolation of various historical tropes and social issues...