Selected Publications:

Gendering the Global Nation (WomenUnlimited)

Lyrical Movements, Historical Hauntings (Stanford University Press, 2002)

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Professor of Middle Eastern & South Asian Languages & Cultures and Women, Gender & Sexuality
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Middle Eastern & South Asian Languages & Cultures

New Cabell Hall

PO Box 400781

Charlottesville, Virginia 22904-4781

Geeta Patel at the Godrej India Culture Lab

B.A., Wellesley College

M.A., Columbia University

Ph.D., Columbia University


Geeta Patel (Ph.D., Columbia University), Professor Middle Eastern & South Asian Languages & Cultures and Women, Gender & Sexuality. Her book, Lyrical Movements, Historical Hauntings: Gender, Colonialism and Desire in Miraji’s Urdu Poetry (Stanford University Press, 2002), reads a renegade writer through nationalism, gender, sexuality, and grief in twentieth-century Urdu poetic movements. Her work, circling around prose and poetry in Sanskrit, Urdu, Hindi, Braj and Awadhi, includes translation and short personal pieces. Her theoretical stance, informed by translation theory from South Asian studies, sexuality studies and gender theory, postcolonial, diaspora and subaltern historiography, and crossover questions from the history of science, is fashioned in her most recent manuscript Gendering the Global Nation. Her current project, Financing Selves, on risk, insurance and pensions in South Asia, opens with the early East India Company archives and closes with labor movements in contemporary Sri Lanka.

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