Associate Professor McComas Taylor

Associate Professor, Reader in Sanskrit
College of Asia & the Pacific
T: + 61 2 6125 3179

Areas of expertise

  • Epistemology 220304
  • Indian Literature 200520
  • Studies In Eastern Religious Traditions 220406
  • Language Studies 2003

Research interests

  • The construction of truth in the Sanskritic episteme
  • The ideas of social division in Sanskrit narrative literature
  • Puranic narratives and their empowerment
  • Role of Sanskrit texts in contemporary Hindu practice
  • Flexible delivery of small-enrolment languages


McComas Taylor has led the South Asia Progam in the College of Asia and the Pacific at the Australian National University in Canberra. His 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 a book, The fall of the Indigo Jackal, published by SUNY Press in 2007. Following that, he turned his attention to textual studies of the mahapuranas in which he explored various authorial strategies aimed at empowering puranic discourse. More recently, he has studied contemporary oral rendition of puranic texts, specifically the Bhagavatapurana, to explore ways in which performative and ritual practices empower discourse.


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