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Faculty: Srinivas Aravamudan  

Srinivas Aravamudan
Title: Arts and Sciences Professor of English
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  • MA, Purdue University, 1986
  • BA, Loyola College, Madras University, 1984

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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. He is working on two book-length studies, one on the eighteenth-century French and British oriental tale, and the other on sovereignty and anachronism. 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)


  • S Aravamudan. Tropicopolitans: Colonialism and Agency, 1688-1804.  Duke University Press, May, 1999 .
Edited Volumes
  • Aravamudan, S. William Earleā€™s Obi or the History of Three-Fingered Jack. 978-1551116693Broadview Literary TextsBroadview Literary Texts, July, 2005 ().
Articles in a Collection
  • S Aravamudan. "Hobbes and America." The Postcolonial Enlightenment Ed. D Carey and L Festa. Oxford University Press, Spring, 2009, 37-70.
  • S Aravamudan. "The Adventure Chronotope and the Oriental Xenotrope: Galland, Sheridan, and Joyce Domesticate The Arabian Nights." The Arabian Nights in Historical Context Ed. F Nussbaum and S Makdisi. Oxford University Press, Winter, 2008.
  • S Aravamudan. "East Indies and West Indies: Comparative misapprehensions."  November, 2006, 291-309. [Gateway.cgi], [doi]

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