Sascha Ebeling

Associate Professor in the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations, the Department of Comparative Literature and the College
Foster Hall 203
(773) 834-2788

Ph.D.(summa cum laude) University of Cologne, Germany

M.A.  School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London

Special Interests

Tamil language and literature of all periods, in particular nineteenth-century literary culture, Tamil cinema, South Indian cultural history; literary theory, theory and practice of literary translation, the global history of the novel, less commonly read literatures in Europe (e.g. Catalan, Rumantsch, Czech).

Associate Professor in the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations, the Department of Comparative Literature and the College. Affiliated Faculty in the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality. Senior Adviser in the Humanities. Chair, Readings in World Literature Collegiate Core Sequence.

Sascha Ebeling was trained in South Asian Studies, Romance Languages and Literatures, and General Linguistics at the University of Cologne (Universität zu Köln), Germany, and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London. Before joining the University of Chicago in 2005, he taught Tamil literature and South Asian Studies at the University of Cologne and also worked for the Göttingen Academy of Sciences as a Tamil manuscriptologist in the project “Union Catalogue of Oriental Manuscripts in German Collections” (Katalogisierung der orientalischen Handschriften in Deutschland, KOHD).

His book Colonizing the Realm of Words: The Transformation of Tamil Literature in Nineteenth-Century South India was published by SUNY Press in 2010. Currently, he is working on three book-length projects: a history of the present moment in contemporary Tamil writing, mapping the genealogies of contemporary Tamil literary production from a global perspective; a book that examines Tamil writing about the ethnic conflict and civil war in Sri Lanka; and a monograph with the working title The Imperial Rise of the Novel, which will address the connections between Western imperialism, Asian modernities and the global history of the novel, discussing a wide range of texts from Europe and Asia (India, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia).

Professor Ebeling is also the recipient of the 2007 Forschungspreis (Research Award) of the Deutsche Morgenländische Gesellschaft (German Oriental Society) for his work on nineteenth-century Tamil literature, and of the 2008 Whiting Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Core teaching at the University of Chicago. In July 2010 he was honored with the award for Outstanding Achievement in Tamil Studies by the Tamil Literary Garden, Toronto.

He has published translations from Tamil, Old Javanese, Czech, Catalan and Romansh (Raeto-Romance) into English and German.

For a list of publications and talks and further information, see also his webpage at the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations.
 

Recent Books

 
(with Lakshmi Holmström). A Second Sunrise. Poems by Cheran. Edited and translated from the Tamil. New Delhi: Navayana, 2012. ISBN 978-8189059491.
 

Colonizing the Realm of Words: The Transformation of Tamil Literature in Nineteenth-Century South India. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2010. ISBN13: 978-1-4384-3199-4.