Name: Dr. Sreenath VS
Designation: Assistant Professor
Research Area: Indian Literature
Department: Humanities and Social Sciences
E-Mail: sreenath[AT]
Phone: +91 755 269 2707

Academic Details

  • October 2019 : Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IISER Bhopal
  • 2013-2019 : Ph.D., English Literature. INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, KANPUR.
  • 2010-2012 : M.A. (English Language and Literature). MAHATMA GANDHI UNIVERSITY, KERALA.
  • 2007-2010 : B.A. (English Language and Literature). MAHATMA GANDHI UNIVERSITY, KERALA.


My broader areas of interest include 'history of ideas' and 'interventionist intellectual historiography'. These two areas, for me, go hand in hand, enriching each other. While the history of ideas focuses on the historical trajectory along which various philosophical concepts have evolved down the timeline, 'interventionist intellectual historiography' ensuresthe continuum of these ideas by putting them constantly in conversation with other epistemologies. My doctoral dissertation which examines the figure of the reader vis--vis three theoretical positions from Sanskrit poetics namely dhvani, aucitya, and vakrokti is an extension of my long-standing interest in these two areas.My current project revolves around the social aspects of Sanskrit literary theories which functioned as the grammar of literary representation in Early India. This project aims to makea foray into the branch of literary theory known as New Historicism so as to understand how Sanskrit kavyasastra (literary science) tradition functioned as a political mechanism to socially and aesthetically condition the sensibilities of the author, reader and the text of Sanskrit kavya. The following are the major areas I work on:

  • Indian Literature
  • Politics and Poetics of Adaptation
  • New Historicism
  • History of Ideas and Interventionist Intellectual Historiography
  • Literary Theory and Comparative Aesthetics
  • Literature and Censorship
  • Translation Studies (with special emphasis on Malayalam Literature).


Authors Title of Article Journal Year
Sreenath V S
Resistance to Svabhāvokti: Kuntaka’s theory of Vakrokti as an Enriching Experience for Author and Reader South Asian Review (Taylor and Francis) 2019
Sreenath V S
Symbolic Power of Poetry Economic and Political Weekly 2019
Sreenath V S
The Deconstructive Force on Rasa- Towards a Post-Theory Praxis Indian Literature (Sahitya Akademi) 2018
Sreenath V S
Avivaksita vācya-dhvani and the Deterritorialization of Signifier: A Liberating D Experience for Author and Reader Journal of Indian Philosophy (Springer) 2017
Sreenath V S
Resistance to Canon: Towards a New Approach to Sanskrit Literary Theories Journal of Contemporary Thought (Forum for Contemporary Thought) 2017
Sreenath V S
Nostalgia for the Colonial World: A Reconsideration of Mayyazhi’s Colonial Past JSL (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi) 2016
Sreenath V S
Othappu in Two Tongues Translation Today (National Translation Mission) 2015


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