British Literature; Critical Theory; Postcolonial Literature
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.
Loyola College, Madras University,
Enlightenment Orientalism: Resisting the Rise of the Novel.
University of Chicago Press,
Tropicopolitans: Colonialism and Agency, 1688-1804.
Guru English: South Asian Religion in a Cosmopolitan Language.
(Republished by Penguin India, Fall 2007).
"William Earle's Obi or the History of Three-Fingered Jack."
Broadview Literary Texts,
"Hobbes and America."
The Postcolonial Enlightenment.
Ed. Daniel Carey and Lynn Festa.
Oxford University Press,
"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,
"East and West Indies: Comparative Misapprehensions."
Readers may be divided into four classes: 1. Sponges, who absorb all that they read and return it in nearly the same state, only a little dirtied. 2. Sand-glasses, who retain nothing and are content to get through a book for the sake of getting through the time. 3. Strain-bags, who retain merely the dregs of what they read. 4. Mogul diamonds, equally rare and valuable, who profit by what they read, and enable others to profit by it also. -Samuel Taylor Coleridge