kkkInnovations and Turning Points: Toward a History of Kāvya Literature with David Shulman and Gary Tubb. Eds. Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2014.




South Asian Texts in HistorySouth Asian Texts in History: Critical Engagements with Sheldon Pollock
with Whitney Cox and Lawrence McCrea. Eds. Ann Arbor: Association of Asian Studies, 2011.


Reprinted: New Delhi: Primus Books, 2015. [order]





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Extreme PoetryExtreme Poetry: The South Asian Movement of Simultaneous Narration 
New York: Columbia University Press, 2010. [order]

Reprinted: New Delhi: Permanent Black, 2010. [order]












Self-Surrender“Self-Surrender,” “Peace,” “Compassion,” and “The Mission of the Goose”: Poems and Prayers from South India by Appayya Dīkṣita, Nīlakaṇṭha Dīkṣita and Vedānta Deśika
 with David Shulman. New York: New York University Press / JJC, 2009.

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Select Essays

“Understanding Udbhaṭa: The Invention of Kashmiri Poetics in the Jayāpīḍa Moment.” In Around Abhinavagupta: Aspects of the Intellectual History of Kashmir From the Ninth to the Eleventh Century, edited by Eli Franco and Isabelle Ratie, , 81–147. Leipziger Studien zu Kultur und Geschichte Sud- und Zentralasiens 6. Leipzig: Lit Verlag, 2016. [download]

“A Renaissance Man in Memory: Appayya Dīkṣita through the Ages.” Journal of Indian Philosophy (2016) 44: 11–39. [download]

“Mapping Time and Space: A Message from South Asia” (Hebrew). Co-authored with David Shulman. In Theory and Criticism (2015) 44: 327–336. [download]

“The Power of Primacy and the Domination of the Injunction: Appayya Dīkṣita’s Two Personas in a Debate about Vedic Hermeneutics. Journal of Hindu Studies (2015) 8: 111–123. [download]

“South Meets North: Banaras from the Perspective of Appayya Dīkṣita.” South Asian History and Culture 6.1 (2015): 10–31. [download]

“The Nail-Mark that Lit the Bedroom: Biography of a Compound.” In Innovations and Turning Points: Toward a History of Kāvya Literature, edited by Yigal Bronner, David Shulman, and Gary Tubb, 232–267. Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2014. [download]

“Birds of a Feather: Vāmana Bhaṭṭa Bāṇa’s Haṃsasandeśa and Its Intertexts.” Journal of the American Oriental Society 133 (3) (2013) 495–526. [download]

“From Conqueror to Connoisseur: Kalhaṇa’s Account of Jayāpīḍa and the Fashioning of Kashmir as a Kingdom of Learning.” Indian Economic and Social History Review 50 (2) (2013): 161–177. [download]

“To Be or Not to Be Śiśupāla: Which Version of the Key Speech in Māgha’s Great Poem Did He Really Write?” Coauthored with Lawrence McCrea. Journal of the American Oriental Society 132 (3) (2012): 427–455. [download]

“A Question of Priority: Revisiting the Debate on the Relative Chronology of Daṇḍin and Bhāmaha.” Journal of Indian Philosophy, 40 (1) (2012): 67–118. [download]

“Sanskrit Poetics.” In The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, 4th edition, edited by Roland Greene and Stephen Cushman. Princeton, Princeton University Press, 2012: 1244–1250. [download]

“A Text with a Thesis: The Rāmāyaṇa from Appayya Dīkṣita’s Receptive End.” In South Asian Texts in History: Critical Engagements with Sheldon Pollock, edited by Yigal Bronner, Whitney Cox, and Lawrence McCrea, 45–63. Ann Arbor: Association of Asian Studies, 2011.

“A Roadmap for Future Journeys: Language of the Gods in the World of Scholars.” A review essay of Sheldon Pollock, The Language of the Gods in the World of MenComparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East  31 (2) (2011): 538–544.

“The Poetics of Ambivalence: Imagining and Unimagining the Political in Bilhaṇa’s Vikramāṅkadevacarita.” Journal of Indian Philosophy 38 (5) (2010): 457–483. [download]

“Change in Disguise: The Early Discourse on Vyājastuti.” Journal of the American Oriental Society 129 (2) (2009): 179–198. [download]

Vastutas tu: Methodology and the New School of Sanskrit Poetics.” Coauthored with Gary Tubb. Journal of Indian Philosophy 36 (5–6) (2008): 619–632. [download]

“Blaming the Messenger: A Controversy in Late Sanskrit Poetics and Its Implications.” Coauthored with Gary Tubb. Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies 71 (1) (2008): 75–91. [download]

“Manufacturing Sanskrit: On Lexicographers at the Service of Poetry and the Joys of Learning a Language.” In Karmic Passages: Israeli Scholarship on India, edited by David Shulman and Shalva Weil, 88–111. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2008.

“Singing to God, Educating the People: Appayya Dīkṣita and the Function of Stotras.” Journal of the American Oriental Society 127 (2) (2007): 113–130. [download]

“This Is No Lotus, It Is a Face: Poetics as Grammar in Daṇḍin’s Investigation of the Simile.” In The Poetics of Grammar and the Metaphysics of Sound and Sign, edited by Sergio La Porta and David Shulman, 91–108. Jerusalem Studies in Religion and Culture 6. Leiden-Boston: Brill, 2007. [download]

“A Cloud Turned Goose: Sanskrit in the Vernacular Millennium.” Coauthored with David Shulman. Indian Economic and Social History Review 43 (1) (2006): 1–30. [download]

“Back to the Future: Appayya Dīkṣita’s Kuvalāyananda and the Rewriting of Sanskrit Poetics.” Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde Südasiens 48 (2004): 47–79. [download]

“What Is New and What Is Navya: Sanskrit Poetics on the Eve of Colonialism.” Journal of Indian Philosophy 30 (5) (2002): 441–462. [download]

“The Poetics of Distortive Talk: Plot and Character in Ratnākara’s Fifty Verbal Perversions (Vakroktipañcāśikā).” Coauthored with Lawrence McCrea. Journal of Indian Philosophy 29 (4) (2001): 435–464. [download]