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Srinivas AravamudanSrinivas Aravamudan  
Professor, English, Romance Studies and the Program in Literature and Principal Investigator, Humanities Writ Large; President of the Consortium of Humanities Centers & Institutes

Office Location: 325 Allen Building
Office Phone: (919) 684-2640
Email Address: srinivas@duke.edu
Web Page: http://sites.duke.edu/srinivasaravamudan/

Teaching (Fall, 2015):

  • English 344.01, 18th cent british novel Synopsis
    Allen 304i, TuTh 01:25 PM-02:40 PM

Office Hours:

Fall 2014
By Appointment only


PhD, Cornell University

MA, Cornell University

MA, Purdue University

BA, Loyola College, Madras University

British Literature
Eighteenth Century Literature
Postcolonial Literature
Critical Theory
Modern to Contemporary
Srinivas Aravamudan gained his PhD at Cornell University and has taught at the University of Utah, and at the University of Washington. He joined the Duke English Department in the Fall of 2000. He specializes in eighteenth century British and French literature and in postcolonial literature and theory. He is the author of essays in Diacritics, ELH, Social Text, Novel, Eighteenth-Century Studies, Anthropological Forum, South Atlantic Quarterly and other venues. His study, Tropicopolitans: Colonialism and Agency, 1688-1804 (1999, Duke University Press) won the outstanding first book prize of the Modern Language Association in 2000. He has also edited Slavery, Abolition and Emancipation: Writings of the British Romantic Period: Volume VI Fiction (1999, Pickering and Chatto). His book, Guru English: South Asian Religion in A Cosmopolitan Language was published by Princeton University Press in January 2006, and republished by Penguin India in 2007. A new book-length study, on the eighteenth-century French and British oriental tale, Enlightenment Orientalism: Resisting the Rise of the Novel, has just been published by the University of Chicago Press (2012); another on sovereignty and anachronism is forthcoming. His edition of William Earle's antislavery romance, entitled Obi: or, The History of Three-Fingered Jack appeared in 2005 with Broadview Press.

Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1.  Enlightenment Orientalism: Resisting the Rise of the Novel. University of Chicago Press, 2012.
  2.  Tropicopolitans: Colonialism and Agency, 1688-1804. Duke UP, May, 1999.
  3.  Guru English: South Asian Religion in a Cosmopolitan Language. Princeton UP, January, 2006. (Republished by Penguin India, Fall 2007)
  4.  William Earle's Obi or the History of Three-Fingered Jack. Broadview Literary Texts,  July, 2005
  5. "Hobbes and America." The Postcolonial Enlightenment. Ed. Daniel Carey and Lynn Festa. Oxford University Press, Spring, 2009. 37-70.
  6. "The Adventure Chronotope and the Oriental Xenotrope: Galland, Sheridan, and Joyce Domesticate The Arabian Nights." The Arabian Nights After Three Hundred Years. Ed. Felicity Nussbaum and Saree Makdisi. Oxford University Press, Winter, 2008.
  7. "East and West Indies: Comparative Misapprehensions." Anthropological Forum 16.3 (November, 2006): 291-309.

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