South Asia Institute
South Asia Institute

Snehal Shingavi

Assistant ProfessorPh.D., 2008, University of California, Berkeley

Snehal Shingavi



Anglophone South Asian literature, Hindi/Urdu literature, Literature in Translation and Translation Theory, Theories of “the nation” (anticolonialism, nationalism, statism, postcolonialism, postnationalism, cosmopolitanism, globalization, transnationalism, internationalism), Classical Marxism


Snehal Shingavi is assistant professor of English at the University of Texas, Austin, where he teaches South Asian literatures in English, Hindi, and Urdu, as well as the literature of the South Asian diaspora.  He received his PhD in English from the University of California, Berkeley and has taught previously at Notre Dame de Namur University and the University of Mary Washington.  He is the author of The Mahatma Misunderstood: the politics and forms of literary nationalism in India (Anthem Books, 2013).  He is also the translator of Munshi Premchand’s Sevasadan (Oxford, 2005) and the Urdu short-story collection, Angaaray (Penguin, 2014).  He has a forthcoming translation of Agyeya’s Shekhar: A Life (Oxford, 2015) and of Bhisham Sahni’s autobiography, The History of Today (Penguin, 2015).  He is currently working on a book-length manuscript titled, Slumdogs and Millionaires: the aesthetics of poverty in the era of neoliberal development.


Shingavi, S. (2014) Angaaray. Penguin, 2014.

Shingavi, S. (2014) Capitalism, Caste, and Con-games in Aravind Adiga’s The White Tiger. Postcolonial Text 9.

Shingavi, S (2013) Slumdogs and Millionaires: facts and fictions of India’s economic (under)development. In A. Gehlawat (Ed.), The Slumdog Phenomenon: A Critical Anthology. Anthem Press, 91-105.

Shingavi, S (2013) Lavish Weddings and Nostalgic Delhis: Anticolonial Aesthetics in Ahmed Ali’s Fiction. In M. A. Farooqi (Ed.) The Two Sided Canvas: Perspectives on Ahmed Ali. Oxford University Press, 151-73.

Shingavi, S. (2013) Premchand and Language: On Translation, Cultural Nationalism, and IronyThe Annual of Urdu Studies, 28, 149-64.

Shingavi, S. (2013) The Mahatma Misunderstood: the politics and forms of literary nationalism in India. London: Anthem Books.

Shingavi, S. (2010) Developing the Nationalist Canon. In H. Harder (Ed.), Nationalist Ideology and the Historiography of Literature in South Asia. New Delhi: Social Science Press.

Shingavi, S. & Gasper, P. (2008, September) Palestinian Armed Struggle. Lynne Reiner Publishers.

Shingavi, S. (2007, September) Martin Espada. Facts on File.

Shingavi, S. (2007, September) A Night of Winter Rains. Annual of Urdu Studies, 22, 240-246.

Shingavi, S. (2007, September) A Summer's Evening. Annual of Urdu Studies, 22, 247-252.

Shingavi, S. (2007, September) The Same Trouble. Annual of Urdu Studies, 22, 253-258.

Shingavi, S. (2005) Sevasadan. Delhi: Oxford University Press.

Shingavi, S. (2003, September) Palestine's Lyric Voice for Freedom. International Socialist Review, 30, 58-59.

Shingavi, S. (2008, September) Free Radical: Mulk Raj Anand. India Today, 33(16), 124-126.

Shingavi, S. (2005) Telecom workers fight privatization. In The Great PTCL Strike Against Privatization. Lahore: Shanakht Press.

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