I am a scholar-novelist. I write in different genres because the word is supple and powerful, sometimes more powerful than the sword.

Explore to learn about some of my writings and presentations, including information on my forthcoming novel GHOST IN THE TAMARIND.


Remember Phallocentrism? Remember Postcolonialism?: Bob Dylan’s Nobel Clichés and the Diminishment of Literature

Oh, for the heydays of literary theory!

Earlier this week, Bob Dylan, winner of the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature, delivered the required lecture just in time for him to collect the nearly $1 million cash award associated with the prize. Speaking in his trademark gravelly voice, Bob Dylan gave the Nobel Prize Committee what they no doubt wanted. Dylan thanked the committee for considering the question whether his songs are literature and answering in the affirmative. Dylan’s lecture was declared “extraordinary and, as one might expect, eloquent” by Secretary Sara Danius of the Swedish Academy, which awards the prize. By co-opting the sung into the idea of literature, it seems, Dylan had given the Committee the relevance it craved. …. Read More…


FORTHCOMING in 2017 from University of Hawai’i Press–my latest novel! Check out the beautiful cover!


Shankar Ghost Cover


Videos of My Public Lecture and My Interview with Dr. Vida Robertson at the University of Houston (Downtown). From My Visit as 2016 CCRS Scholar-in-Residence.

In Summer 2016, I was invited by H. Nikhila of English and Foreign Languages University in Hyderabad, India, to record an interview on Film, Translation and Myth for the multimedia journal Caesurae.

The interview was conducted before a live audience on the campus of the English and Foreign Languages University. Go here for the interview.

CASTE AND LIFE NARRATIVES, a special issue of the journal Biography, will be out by the end of Summer 2017.

My co-editor: Dr. Charu Gupta of University of Delhi.

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The images above and at the bottom of the page relate to my forthcoming novel GHOST IN THE TAMARIND


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