Laura R. brueck



University of Texas at Austin

Ph.D. in Asian Languages and Cultures 2006

University of Texas at Austin

M.A. in Asian Languages and Cultures 2002

Smith College

B.A. in Religion and Comparative Literature 1999

Areas of Specialization

Dalit Studies, Modern Hindi Literature, Postcolonial Literature and Theory, South Asian Cinema, Translation, Modern Indian

Culture, Society, and Politics

Recent Courses

Power of the Word:

Subversive and Censored 20th Century Indo-Pakistani Literature

Screening India:

The History of Modern Hindi Cinema

Living Indian Epics

Introduction to Indian Civilization


Assistant Professor of Hindi Literature

and South Asian Studies

Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations

University of Colorado at Boulder





  1. (303) 492-7241

selected Publications

Mainstreaming Marginalized Voices: the Dalit Lekhak Sangh and the Negotiations over Hindi Dalit Literature in Claiming Power from Below: Dalits and the Subaltern Question in India Eds. Anne Feldhaus and Manu Bhagavan (Oxford University Press July 2008)

Dalit Chetna in Dalit Literary Criticism in Seminar no. 558 (April 2006)

Translations of three Dalit poems by Kusum Meghval

in Primavera Vol. 26, p. 77-82 (Nov. 2003)


At the Intersection of Gender and Caste:

Re-scripting Rape in Dalit Feminist Narratives in  South Asian Feminisms Eds. Ania Loomba and Ritty Lukose

Marking the Boundaries of a New Literary Identity:

The Assertion of Dalit Consciousness’ in Dalit Literary Criticism in Essays in Honor of Patrick Olivelle Ed. Steven Lindquist (Firenze University Press)

Works in Progress


Writing Resistance: Dalit Literary Identities in Contemporary India

Genre, Aesthetics, and Style in Hindi: A Literary Reader (with Rupert Snell, University of Texas)

Working the Margins of Nationalism: Dalit Writing in Hindi (selected and translated with Christi Merrill, University of Michigan)

Subcontinent and Other Stories: the works of Ajay Navaria (translated from Hindi)