McComas Taylor

McComas Taylor

Associate Professor, Reader in Sanskrit
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P: 6125 3179
Room: E4.24
Building: Baldessin Precinct Building
Dr McComas Taylor

McComas Taylor's research lies at the intersection of contemporary critical theory and classical Sanskrit narrative literature. His primary focus is on the construction of ‘true’ discourse in the Foucauldian sense in the Sanskritic, Hindu episteme. His initial work in this area was on the narrative fables in the Pañcatantra cycle. The primary output of this was a book, The fall of the Indigo Jackal, published by SUNY Press in 2007. Following that, he turned his attention to textual studies of the mahapuranas in which he explored various authorial strategies aimed at empowering puranic discourse. More recently, he has studied contemporary oral rendition of puranic texts, specifically the Bhagavatapurana, to explore ways in which performative and ritual practices empower discourse. His most recent book, Seven Days of Nectar: Contemporary Oral Performance of the Bhagavatapurana, was published by Oxford University Press in 2016.

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