CSAS welcomes Professor Jesse Knutson to UH Manoa and to the CSAS community, who will be teaching Sanskrit this semester. For more information on his classes, please look under the course offerings panel on the main page.
Jesse Knutson did his undergraduate study and MA in the department of South and Southeast Asian Studies, U.C. Berkeley; an additional MA and his PhD are from the department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago.
His research concerns the historical role of literary art, especially Sanskrit kāvya, in ancient and early medieval South Asia, as well as the comparative historical study of premodern poetry, poetics, and epigraphy more broadly. Several of his published writings, as well as forthcoming monograph (Into the Twilight of Sanskrit Court Poetry in Bengal, U.C. Press), focus on the Sena court of 12th/13th century Bengal, where a literary salon in what is now Bangladesh seems to have implicitly reformulated its entire literary system in the context of the imminent breakdown of the old courtly world. Current and future research aims to broaden and synthesize a comparative court-oriented study of the literary political map of early South Asia, and examine the medieval as a global category.