ENTWISTLE, Alan W. Weymouth, Dorsett 10.3.1949 — Seattle 28.3.1996. British Indologist in the U.S.A. Professor in Seattle. Studies at University of Southampton (B.A. 1971 in French) and S.O.A.S. (M.A. 1975 in Area Studies). In 1976-78 field-work in Vrindaban, India. Ph.D. 1982 S.O.A.S. in Hindi. Taught and studied Hindi and Indology at Indian Institute of Groningen University in Netherlands in 1980-85. From 1986 Assistant Professor at Department of Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Washington in Seattle, from 1990 until his death Associate Professor there. Soon after coming to Seattle an inoperable brain tumor was diagnosticized. Severe radiation and chemotherapy gave him still ten years of life, but in January 1996 he had to interrupt his long postponed fieldwork in India and return to Seattle for treatment, which no longer could help him. He was a great specialist of Braj Bhāṣā and Hindī devotional literature and also interested in early Rajasthani Bardic literature and folk culture and religion of the Braj area. Unmarried.
Publications: diss. The Rāsa manā ke pada of Kevālarama: a medieval Hindi text of the Eighth Gaddī of the Vallabha sect. Edited and transl. 1983; publ. with the same name: 398 p. Groningen Or. Ser. 7. Gr. 1993.
– Braj, Centre of Krishna pilgrimage. 18+554 p. Groningen Or. Studies 3. Gr. 1987.
– Ed. with Fr. Mallison: Studies in South Asian Devotional Literature. 14+585 p. N.D. 1994; with C. Solomon: Studies In Early Modern Indo-Aryan Languages, Literature and Culture. 442 p. N.Y. 1999.
Sources: short note in IIJ 25, 1983; obituary by Frank Conlon in Indology List and in *Journal of Asian Studies 55, 1996, 803-805; Wikipedia.
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