New Faculty 2020


Andrew Ollett

Neubauer Family Assistant Professor
South Asian Languages and Civilizations and the College

Andrew Ollett studies the literary and intellectual traditions of South Asia. He is the author of Language of the Snakes: Prakrit, Sanskrit, and the Language Order of Premodern India (University of California Press, 2017). His current projects include an edition and translation of the Prakrit romance Līlāvaī (to appear in the Murty Classical Library of India), a book on the beginnings of manuscript literacy in South Asia, a book on context-dependency in South Asian philosophies of language, and, with Sarah Pierce Taylor, an edition and translation of The Way of the Poet-King, a ninth-century manual of poetics in Kannada, funded by a National Endowment for the Humanities Scholarly Editions and Translations Grant.

Ollett earned a PhD in Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African studies from Columbia University and an MPhil in general linguistics and comparative philology from the University of Oxford. He was a junior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows.

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