Srinivas Aravamudan

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Srinivas Aravamudan is Professor of English, Literature and Romance Studies at Duke University, where he also serves as Dean of the Humanities Aravamudan was a signatory of the Group of 88.


Aravamudan was born in 1962 in Madras and attended Loyola College, University of Madras. He holds master's degrees from Purdue University and Cornell University, and earned his Ph.D. at Cornell.[1] He taught at the University of Utah and the University of Washington before joining Duke's faculty in 2000.[2]

Professional History[edit]

Aravamudan received the Modern Language Association's prestigious prize for an outstanding first book in 2000.[3] He is the former director of Duke's Franklin Humanities Institute and has overseen innovations and expansions of the humanities at Duke as a dean, notably through the Humanities Writ Large initiative.[4]

Aravamudan specializes in 18th-century British and French literature and postcolonial literature, imbibed with pro-western thoughts.[5] His work pits various events in literary history, such as the popularity of the 18th-century oriental tale, against traditional intellectual historiographies that assume national boundaries and the relationship between colonized and colonizer are stable.

Representative Publications[edit]

Enlightenment Orientalism: Resisting the Rise of the Novel (University of Chicago Press: 2012)

Guru English: South Asian Religion in a Cosmopolitan Language (Princeton UP: 2006)

Tropicopolitans: Colonialism and Agency, 1688-1804 (Duke UP: 1999)

Obi, or the History of Three-Fingered Jack (Broadview: 2005) ed. Aravamudan

Special issue of PMLA on "War," ed. Aravamudan

"The Character of the University," Boundary 2 37.1 (Winter 2010) 23-55

"What Kind of a Story Is This?," PMLA Approaches to Teaching Oroonoko (2010)

"The Adventure Chronotope and the Oriental Xenotrope: Galland, Sheridan, and Joyce Domesticate The Arabian Nights," in The Arabian Nights After Three Hundred Years, ed. Felicity Nussbaum and Saree Makdisi (2008)

"Defoe, Commerce, Adventure, and Empire," in Cambridge Companion to Daniel Defoe, ed. John Richetti (2008)

"The Teleopoiesis of Singularity," PMLA 123.1 (January, 2008)

(with Ranjana Khanna and Fredric Jameson) "Final Interview," in Jameson on Jameson, ed. Ian Buchanan (2007)

"Orientalism," in The Oxford Encyclopaedia of British Literature, ed. David Scott Kastan and Nancy Armstrong (2007)

"Subjects/Sovereigns/Rogues," Eighteenth-Century Studies 40.3 (Spring, 2007) 457-65

"Sovereignty: Between Embodiment and Detranscendentalization," Texas International Law Journal 41.3 (Summer, 2006) 427-46

"In the Wake of the Novel: The Oriental Tale as National Allegory," Novel: A Forum on Fiction 33.1 (1999) 5-31

"Trop(icaliz)ing the Enlightenment: Raynal's Histoire des deux Indes," Diacritics 23.3 (Fall, 1993) 48-68


  1. ^ Aravamudan, Srinivas (1991). Tropical Figures: Colonial Representation in England and France, 1688-1789 (Dissertation ms.). Ithaca, NY: Cornell University. pp. "Biographical Sketch". 
  2. ^ Aravamudan, Srinivas. "Faculty Page". Duke University. Retrieved 21 April 2012. 
  3. ^ Augustynowicz, Karolina (December 12, 2000). "Modern Language Association Honors Sixteen Scholars and Writers". The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved 21 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "Humanities Writ Large". Duke University. Retrieved 21 April 2012. 
  5. ^ Aravamudan, Srinivas. "Faculty Page". Duke University. Retrieved 21 April 2012.