Kulkarni Kedar

Prof. Kedar Kulkarni
Ph.D. – Literature | University of California - USA

Prof. Kedar Kulkarni
Ph.D, MA in Literature from University of California, San Diego; BA from Brandeis University, USA.

Assistant Professor – Literary & Cultural Studies

Kedar A. Kulkarni's current research focuses on literary transitions between early modern and colonial India, from orally-recited poetry to playwright-centered drama. He writes about discourses of publicness and worldliness, and the way literature and its publics imaginatively frame history and society. Some of his work has been published in Asian Theatre Journal, Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film, Economic and Political Weekly, and other scholarly periodicals. His teaching interests encompass a wide variety of themes and topics, including colonial and postcolonial studies, south Asian studies, world literature, genre studies, and science fiction.

Born in Mumbai, Kedar was raised in three countries on three continents, but considers Pune his home. Since completing his PhD from UC San Diego, Kedar has held postdoctoral positions at Yale University and the Center for the History of Emotions at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development. Most recently, he was a visiting fellow at Interweaving Performance Cultures, housed at the Free University of Berlin.

Edited Volumes:

  • Kulkarni, Kedar A. and Tobias Becker, Eds. "Special Issue: Beyond the Playhouse: Travelling Theatre in the Long Nineteenth Century" Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film. 44.1, 2017.

Peer Reviewed Publications:

  • Kulkarni, Kedar A. and Tobias Becker, Eds. "Beyond the Playhouse: Travelling Theatre in the Long Nineteenth Century" Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film. 44.1, 3-7, 2017.
  • Kulkarni, Kedar A. "Between the Raj and the Raja: Taking Shakuntala on Tour in Colonial India" Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film. 44.1, 92-116, 2017.
  • Kulkarni, Kedar A. “The Popular Itinerant Theatre of Maharashtra, 1843-1880” Asian Theatre Journal, 32.1 (Spring 2015) 190-227.

Articles and Chapters:

  • Kulkarni, Kedar A. Review Essay of Emotions in Indian Thought Systems and A Rasa Reader: Classical Indian Aesthetics in Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 52, No. 19, May 13, 2017, 28-33.
  • Kulkarni, Kedar A. “Katha” (story telling) in Handbook on Performance Related Concepts in Non-European Languages, Ed. Erika Fischer-Lichte, Christel Weiler, Torsten Jost. (Forthcoming)

Book Reviews:

  • Kulkarni, Kedar A. “Gender, Culture, and Performance: Marathi Theatre and Cinema before Independence” Meera Kosambi (New Delhi: Routledge, 2014). Theatre Journal, 68.1, March 2016.
  • Kulkarni, Kedar A. “Bombay before Bollywood: Film City Fantasies” Rosie Thomas (New Delhi: Orient Blackswan, 2014). South Asian Popular Culture, January 2016.
  • Kulkarni, Kedar A. “Globalization, Nationalism and the Text of Kichaka-Vadha: the First English Translation of the Marathi Anticolonial Classic, with a Historical Analysis of Theatre in British India” Rakesh Solomon, trans & ed. (London: Anthem Press, 2014). Asian Theatre Journal, Vol. 32, No. 2, (Fall 2015) 698-702.
  • Kulkarni, Kedar A. “The Historical and the Literary Rani” review of The Rani of Jhansi: Gender, History, and Fable in India by Harleen Singh (New Delhi: Cambridge UP, 2014). Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 50, No. 22, May 30, 2015, 29-31.
  • Kulkarni, Kedar A. “The Illicit and the Excluded” review of Illicit Worlds of Indian Dance: Cultures of Exclusion by Anna Morcom (London: C. Hurst & Co, 2013). Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 49, No. 51, Dec 20, 2014, 31-32.