Head, South Asia Program & Senior Lecturer
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 The Fall of the Indigo Jackal (SUNY Press, 2007). His most recent book, Seven Days of Nectar, is a study of contemporary oral performance of the Sanskrit classic, the Bhaˉ gavata Puraˉ na. It will be published by Oxford University Press in July 2016. He is also interested in exploring the influence of Sanskrit narrative fables in Inner Asia, including Mongolia.