SANDHAL, STELLA Contact Areas of Interest

Robarts Library, Room 14330
Toronto, ON
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  • Literature
  • Art
  • Language
  • Politics
  • Social and cultural history of Classical, Medieval and Modern India


PhD Université de Paris Sorbonne (Indology); MA Université de Paris Sorbonne (Etudes Indiennes and Linguistique Generale); MA Stockholm University (Comparative Literature and Indology)

Stella Sandahl, in the Department of East Asian Studies, is a traditionally trained European Indologist. Her interest in contemporary India is focused on Hindu-Muslim relations leading up to the Partition in 1947 and its still highly contentious consequences. When teaching Sanskrit and classical Hindi texts she tries to highlight the close connection between literature and art in a largely visual culture. She also has long-standing research interests in food in medieval India and body care in medieval India based on the Mānasollāsa.

Selected Publications

“The Seven Oceans in the Purānas and elsewhere” (forthcoming).

A Hindī Reference Grammar (Leiden 2000).

“The Rtusamhāra. A new approach” (Rivista degli Studi Orientali no 75, Roma 2002). Solves the longstanding problem of its authorship, which will be further documented in a forthcoming monograph.

Review articles of the Princeton Rāmāyana translation project in Acta Orientalia (Copenhagen-Oslo) Volumes I-VI 1989- 2011.

“A Good Story Spoiled: Tulasīdāsa’s rendering of the Vālmīki Rāmāyana” in Corolla Torontonensis (Toronto 1994).

Le Gītagovinda. Tradition et innovation dans le kāvya (Stockholm 1977). So far the only existing monograph of one of the most famous Sanskrit love poems.