Dr. Jesse Knutson
Assistant Professor of Sanskrit
Email: jknutson [at] hawaii.edu
Office: Spalding 452A
Sanskrit literature and literary theory, ancient and early medieval history and literary history of South Asia, Early Middle Bengali poetry, comparative premodern poetry and poetics.
Full name: Jesse Knutson
Contact: T. +1 (808) 956 8672; 956-8521 F 956 5978
Present position: Assistant Professor, Department of Indo- Pacific Languages and Literatures, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, U.S.A.
- Ph.D., South Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago, May 2009.
- M.A., South Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago, May 2005.
- M.A., South and Southeast Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley, May 2002.
- B.A. (with honors and departmental citation), South and Southeast Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley, May 2000.
Into the Twilight of Sanskrit Court Poetry: The Sena Salon of Bengal and Beyond, University of California Press, 2014.
Review by Sylvain Brocquet Bulletin d’études indiennes N° 31 (year 2013, but actually published in the beginning of 2015), p. 341-352.
Kāmandaki’s Essence of Politics (Nītisāra), Murty Classical Library of India, Harvard University Press, Forthcoming.
“Money, Morality, and Masculinity: Staging the Politics of Poverty in Sanskrit Theater”, Philosophy East and West Volume 66, 2016.
“Political Pleasures in Late Classical India: Kālidāsa’s Spirituality and King Harṣadeva’s Imagination of Polygamous Urbanity”, Rivista degli Studi Orientali, 2015.
“Poetic Justice: On Kalhaṇa’s Historical Aesthetics”, Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, Vol. 35, No. 2, August 2015.
“The Mahābhārata’s Infernal Paradise: On the Premodern Condition”, Studies in History, 31 (2) August 2015.
“The Gītagovinda and Beyond”, Journal of Vaiṣṇava Studies, vol. 22 No. 1, pp.157-68, Fall 2013.
“History Beyond the Reality Principle: Literary and Political Territories in Sena Period Bengal”, Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, Vol. 32, No. 3, December 2012.
“The Vernacular Cosmopolitan: Jayadeva’s Gītagovinda”, in South Asian Texts in History: Critical Engagements with Sheldon Pollock. ed. Yigal Bronner, Whitney Cox, and Lawrence McCrea, Association for Asian Studies, 2011.
“The Political Poetic of the Sena Court”, Journal of Asian Studies, vol. 69, issue 02, pp. 371-401, May 2010.
Invited and Other Publications
“Eastern Gothic: From Kannauj to Bengal and Back in the Early Medieval Period”, Kesavan Veluthat Festschrift , Primus Books, Delhi, Forthcoming.
Review: Thomas de Bruijn and Allison Busch, ed. Culture and Circulation: Literature in Motion in Early Modern India. Bulletin of SOAS 78/3 October 2015.
Review: James McHugh. Sandalwood and Carrion: Smell in Indian Religion and Culture. Indian Economic & Social History Review 52: 393-395, July-September 2015.
Review: Thapar, Romila. The Past Before Us: Historical Traditions of Early North India. Bulletin of SOAS 78/1 (February 2015)
“Jayadeva”, Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Ed. Knut A. Jacobsen, vol. 4 pp 241-8, Brill, 2012.
Translations of Bengali poems by Anjan Sen in Fulcrum: An Annual of Poetry and Aesthetics, Issue No. 7, 2011.
Review: Brocquet, Sylvain. La Geste de Rāma: Poème a double sens de Sandhyākaranandin: introduction, texte, traduction, analyse. (Institut Français de Pondichery, École Française d’Extrême Orient), Journal of the American Oriental Society 131.1, 2011.
Review: Kesavan Veluthat. The Early Medieval in South India (Oxford University Press, 2009). Contributions to Indian Sociology. 45: 123, 2011, pp.123-125.
Review: Kumkum Chatterjee. The Cultures of History in Early Modern India: Persianization and Mughal Culture in Bengal (Oxford University Press, 2009), Journal of Early Modern History, Volume 13, Number 4, 2009, pp. 326-328.
Samsṛktakābye o Baḍu Caṇḍidāser Śrīkrṣṇakīrttane Ākhyāner Sthān: Kichu Bhābanā [In Bengali] Gangeopatro 20, April 2008.
“The Birth of the Anthology and the Social Life of Sanskrit Kāvya” in Biblio: A Review of Books vol. XI no. 3 and 4 March-April 2006.
Entries on “Govardhana” and “Amaru” in the Encyclopedia of Erotic Literature ed. Gaëtan Brulotte and John Phillips, Routledge, 2006.