Prof. Rajeev S Patke

Director, Division of Humanities
Yale-NUS College

Professor Rajeev S Patke has a BA and MA in English literature from University of Pune, India, and an MPhil from Oxford in Modern English and American Literature, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. Professor Patke’s Oxford DPhil dissertation on the long poems of Wallace Stevens was supervised by Richard Ellmann, and published by Cambridge University Press in 1985. In the same year, Professor Patke was at Yale University on a Fulbright Scholarship. He taught for several years at the University of Pune, and joined the National University of Singapore in 1988. Professor Patke has been a part of the faculty at Yale-NUS since 2012.

Professor Patke’s research interests include postcolonial and modernist writing in English, the works of Walter Benjamin, and the relation of poetry and painting to the idea of representation. He has recently researched the literary cultures of islands, and is currently working on the relation between tradition and the individual artist in Indian classical vocal music.