Frances W. Pritchett

Frances Pritchett is Professor Emerita of Modern Indic Languages, Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies. She received her M.A from the University of California at Berkeley and her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, in South Asian Languages and Civilizations; she taught at Columbia from 1982 to 2013. Her books include Nets of Awareness: Urdu Poetry and Its Critics (University of California Press, 1994); The Romance Tradition in Urdu: Adventures from the Dastan of Amir Hamzah  (Columbia University Press, 1991). She maintains a very large website of study materials (texts, translations, images) about South Asia for the use of students and teachers, and is currently working on a commentary on the poetry of the brilliant Urdu and Persian poet ‘Ghalib’ (1797-1869). This project is available online as A Desertful of Roses: the Urdu Ghazals of Mirza Asadullah Khan "Ghalib."

Last updated October 6, 2020