A.M. Rosenthal Professor of English
Suvir Kaul received his B. A. (Hons.), M. A., and M. Phil. degrees from the University of Delhi, and his Ph.D. from Cornell University. His first job was at the SGTB Khalsa College in Delhi; since then, he has taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, at Stanford University, and at the Jamia Milia Islamia as a Visiting Professor. He has also held post-doctoral fellowships at the University of Canterbury at Kent and at the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University.
Kaul teaches courses in 18th-century British literature, contemporary South Asian writing in English, and in literary and critical theory. He has published four books: Of Gardens and Graves: Essays on Kashmir/Poems in Translation, Eighteenth-Century British Literature and Postcolonial Studies; Poems of Nation, Anthems of Empire: English Verse in the Long Eighteenth Century; and Thomas Gray and Literary Authority: Ideology and Poetics in Eighteenth-Century England, and has edited a collection of essays entitled The Partitions of Memory: The Afterlife of the Division of India. He has also coedited (with Ania Loomba, Catherine Bryson Professor of English; Antoinette Burton; Matti Bunzl; and Jed Esty, Vartan Gregorian Professor of English) an interdisciplinary volume entitled Postcolonial Studies and Beyond. At Penn, he has served as the Director of the South Asia Center (2005-07) and as the Chair of the English Department (2007-10).