Vinay Dharwadker


1412 Sterling Hall

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Indian and South Asian literatures and cultural history; Hindi, Marathi, Punjabi, Urdu, and Sanskrit languages and literatures; Indian and South Asian literature in English; World literature; classical literatures; colonial and postcolonial literatures; Comparative and interdisciplinary studies of literature and culture; Literary translation and translation studies; Literary theory; poetry and poetics; epic and novel; narrative theory and realism; Public sphere and civil society; cosmopolitanism, migration and diaspora, globalization; Bilingual writers; multilingual societies and literatures.


Degrees and Institutions

Ph.D., South Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago, 1989.

M.Sc., University of Delhi, 1976.

B.Sc., St Stephen’s College, University of Delhi, 1974.



Sunday at the Lodi Gardens: Poems (Viking, 1994)

The Oxford Anthology of Modern Indian Poetry (Oxford UP, 1994)

The Collected Poems of A. K. Ramanujan (Oxford UP, 1995)

The Collected Essays of A. K. Ramanujan (Oxford UP, 1999)

Cosmopolitan Geographies: New Locations in Literature and Culture(Routledge, 2001)

Kabir: The Weaver’s Songs (Penguin Classics, 2003, 2005)

The Greenwood Encyclopedia of World Popular Culture, vol. 6 (2007)

The Norton Anthology of World Literature, 3rd ed., 6 vols. (South Asia editor, 2012)

Poems in Hudson ReviewKenyon ReviewLondon Magazine, and elsewhere

Translations in TriQuarterlyDaedalusNew England ReviewChicago Review, and elsewhere

Articles in Critical InquiryComparative Literature StudiesPMLA, and elsewhere

Recent essays in The Ashgate Research Companion to Cosmopolitanism (2011), The Routledge Companion to World Literature (2012), and The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (2012)

Forthcoming essays in The Modernist World (Routledge), The Oxford History of Translation in English, vol. 5 (Oxford UP), and A History of the Indian-English Novel (Cambridge UP)

Forthcoming books:

Mohan Rakesh, One Day in the Season of Rain (Penguin Modern Classics),

translated from Hindi by Aparna Dharwadker and Vinay Dharwadker (play)

Kalidasa, Shakuntala (Penguin Classics),

translated from Sanskrit by Vinay Dharwadker (play)



The modern short story; world poetry and modern poetry; Indian and South Asian literature in English and in translation; Indian cinema; the postcolonial novel; comparative epics; literary criticism; issues in contemporary theory; topics in literature, film, and folklore.