John Stratton Hawley

Jack Hawley (a.k.a. John Stratton Hawley), Claire Tow Professor of Religion, will be receiving two awards in March 2018. 

The first award is the A. K. Ramanujan Book Prize for Translation, awarded by the Association for Asian Studies on March 23, which he will share with Kenneth Bryant for their volume Sur's Ocean: Poems from the Early Tradition, published in the Murty Classical Library of India by Harvard University Press (2015). It is a biliingual work, with facing-page Hindi text and English verse translation. Prof. Bryant had principal responsibility for the critical edition, which appears on the left; Prof. Hawley's bailiwick was the translation.

Prof. Hawley's second award is the Colonel James Tod Award for 2018, given by the Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation in Udaipur on March 11. The James Tod award has especially to do with the revised and expanded edition of Jack’s book Surdas: Poet, Singer, Saint, which was released by Primus Books in Delhi on January 8, 2018. It contains a new hundred-page long chapter studying how images of Surdas, the famous blind poet of Hindi literature (specifically, its Brajbhasha strand), emerged at Udaipur in the course of the late 17th and early 18th centuries. We have about 150 such miniature paintings, far more than for any other poet.

James Tod was the British Resident at Udaipur in the early 19th century. Working closely with experts at the court of Mewar, Tod produced a three-volume work called Annals and Antiquities of Rajasthan, a pioneering monument of European scholarship on India. The James Tod award honors non-Indian scholars who in some way speak to “the spirit and ethos of Mewar.”