Dr. D. (Daniele) Cuneo

  • Teacher
  • Philosophy, Philology, South Asian Studies, Indian

Research Interests

My areas of expertise are Sanskrit literary culture and aesthetic thought, although my research branches out into epistemology, linguistic philosophy, debates among Brahmins, Buddhists and Jains, and conversation between traditions and (post-)modernity. Specifically, my research interest hinges on poetry and aesthetics (kāvya, alaṃkāraśāstra and nāṭyaśāstra), with a focus on Kaśmīr in the period from the late first millennium to the early second millennium CE. Further research topics are Logic (nyāya) as well as Indian Philosophy as a whole, the classical juridical tradition (dharmaśāstra) and the Tantric studies. In the last years I have developed an interest in early modern Nepal, especially in its immense manuscript resources and in its little known Sanskrit belles-lettres, as well as in South India, chiefly Tamil Nadu (its classical language and cultural tradition and its interactions with the Sanskritic milieu, particularly from the point of view of emic literary theory).

Biographical Details

Born and brought up in Italy, I obtained my MA and Ph.D. in Classical South Asian Studies from the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, with a focus on Sanskrit language and Classical Indian philosophy. My PhD dissertation investigated Abhinavagupta's commentary on the Nāṭyaśāstra, the seminal text of the Sanskrit dramaturgical tradition, especially in the light of its strong connection with monistic Śaivism. After my PhD, I worked as Research Associate (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter) in the the Nyāya Project at the University of Vienna, preparing the critical edition of the Nyāyabhāṣya, one of the earliest texts of the Sanskrit tradition of logical enquiry. In the last three years (2011-2014) I worked as a Research Associate at the University of Cambridge, within the Sanskrit Manuscripts Project, investigating an extremely vast array of manuscript material from the whole of the Indian subcontinent and covering all disciplines and religions of the literary culture of Classical South Asia.

Selected Publications

  • (2015 [forthcoming]) “Detonating or Defusing Desire. From Utpaladeva’s Ecstatic Aesthetics to Abhinavagupta’s Ecumenical Art Theory”, in R. Torella, B. Bäumer (2015 [forthcoming]) (eds.) Utpaladeva: Philosopher of Recognition, Shimla: Indian Institute of Advanced Studies.

  • (2014 [forthcoming]) “Rasa: Abhinavagupta on the Purpose(s) of Art”, in Nair, S. (2014 [forthcoming]) (ed.) The Nāṭyaśāstra and the Body in Performance: Essays on Indian Theories of Dance and Drama, New York: McFarland, pp. 72-88.
  • (2013) “Unfuzzying the Fuzzy. The distinction between rasas and bhāvas in Abhinavagupta and Bharata”, in Puṣpikā: Tracing Ancient India Through Texts and Traditions. Contributions to Current Research in Indology, Volume I, eds. Nina Mirnig, Péter-Dániel Szántó, and Michael Williams. Oxford: Oxbow Books, pp. 49-75.
  • (2012) “The Actor's Social Status and Agency. Fame or Misery?” [co-authored with Elisa Ganser], Cracow Indological Studies 14: 87-131.
  • (2010) “Il Trattato di Manu sulla Norma (Mānavadharmaśāstra)”, cure and translation co-authored with F. Squarcini, Torino: Giulio Einaudi Editore. [in particular, Introduction chaps. 4, 5, 6. Translation chaps. 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12].
  • (2007) “The Emotional Sphere in the Light of the Abhinavabhāratī”, Rivista di Studi Orientali 80: 21-39 (published in 2009).

For a complete CV, see academia.edu

Last Modified: 11-12-2015