Audrey Truschke F'11

Audrey  Truschke
Associate Professor
Rutgers University-Newark

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships 2011
Doctoral Candidate
South Asian Studies
Columbia University
Cosmopolitan Encounters: Sanskrit and Persian at the Mughal Court

This dissertation reconstructs the history of interactions between Sanskrit and Persian literary cultures at the Mughal court from 1570-1650 C.E. During this period, the Mughal Empire supported Sanskrit textual production and produced Persian translations of Sanskrit literature. Likewise, Sanskrit intellectuals became influential members of the Mughal court and developed a new historical memory of the Persianate world in Sanskrit. These cross-cultural interactions are central moments when northern India’s two cosmopolitan cultures negotiated their aesthetic, social, and political dynamics. This dissertation provides the first detailed account of these engagements and attempts to understand their meaning for the development of literary cultures and the production and reproduction of political power.