[skip to content]

South Asia Department

Georgie Carroll


Staff Silhouette
Georgie Carroll
Email address:
Thesis title:
How are water and aquatic fauna fetishised in Sanskrit courtly literature, and to what extent does this erotic language politicise 'love' and 'the body' and reinforce sacred kingship?
Year of Study:
Internal Supervisors

PhD Research

I am interested in the extent to which waterbodies and relationships to water can be seen to be devotional and/or reflective of the social/sexual lives of kings/court. I plan to specifically consider, in the context of how the elite teaches how to desire, (given that 'water' possesses a particularly dominant and unique erotic status in Indian literary and visual culture) the relationship between (natural) symbolic and social systems in Sanskrit courtly literature.

PhD Publications

  • Reaktion Books 'Mouse (Animal'), Nov 2014
  • SAR Review, Nov 2014 for RSA Special Edition, Ferrari, Fabrizio and Thomas Daehnhardt (eds.) 'Charming beauties and frightful beasts. Non-human animals in South Asian myth, ritual and folklore' (2013, Sheffield: Equinox)