South Asia Institute
South Asia Institute

Manomohini Dutta

Manomohini Dutta



Hindu Legal Traditions, Sanskrit literature, Pre-Modern Indian History, South Asian Religions, South Asian History, Gender Studies


Manomohini Dutta's research spans premodern South Asian history, religions, and languages. Her doctoral dissertation is entitled Women's Property Rights in Precolonial Bengal: Hindu Legal Traditions of the 12th to 16th centuries CE. She investigates women's rights to property in the Brahmanical legal discourse. Her findings indicate that the Bengal texts reflect a paradigm shift in their attitude towards women's agency from earlier mainstream texts.

She holds an M.Phil. in History from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India, where she worked on Brahmanical sacrificial rituals in Sanskrit epic traditions (2007). She completed her M.A. in History from Jawaharlal Nehru University (2005). She has a B.A. in History (Honors) from University of Calcutta, Calcutta, India (2003).

Manomohini frequently presents papers related to her doctoral research at conferences such as the Association for Asian Studies, American Oriental Society, Madison Conference on South Asia and other meetings.

Over the years, she has received fellowships from the Department of Asian Studies (University of Texas), the South Asia Institute (University of Texas), the Graduate School (University of Texas), the Taraknath Das Foundation (Columbia University), and the Indian Council for Historical Research (New Delhi, India) in support of her research.

Manomohini recently taught an undergraduate course entitled Introduction to India at University of Texas (Spring 2014). She also taught Hindi as a Teaching Assistant at University of Texas (Fall 2008 - Spring 2013).



ANT 310L • Introduction To India

31610 • Spring 2014
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM SZB 296
(also listed as ANS 302K)

Aim and Scope of the Course: This Course will survey India through a variety of disciplinary lenses and different mediums. We will look at India's history in the first half of the Course, covering the ancient to the modern periods. During this time, we would read about the key events that have shaped the India of today, also covering major scholarly debates about important issues. In the second half of the Course, we would focus more on religion, law, gender, culture, literature and the culinary arts of India. The Course will use a potpourri of materials such as academic work, popular literature, documentaries, and commercial films.


Class Design: The one hour-twenty minutes class will have a mix of lectures and discussions. There will be an interactive session in the last twenty minutes of class, where group discussion will require students' questions and responses to that particular day's theme.  


Evaluations: There will be two Quizzes: 15% each. We will have one Final Exam:  30%. There will be a short 5-7 page Topics Paper (the topics will be assigned a month ahead by the Instructor): 30%  Class attendance and participation in the 20 minute discussions will be of 10% weight.

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