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Performing an Indian Epic: The Neighborhood Ramlila in Modern India

Date:  April 11, 2013

Time:  11 am

Summary:  Pamela Lothspeich, assistant professor of South Asian literature and culture at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will lecture on "Performing an Indian Epic: The Neighborhood Ramlila in Modern India," on Thursday, April 11, at 11:00 a.m. in Room 228 of the Hall- Patterson Building on the campus of Winston-Salem State University.

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Pamela Lothspeich, assistant professor of South Asian literature and culture at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will lecture on "Performing an Indian Epic: The Neighborhood Ramlila in Modern India," on Thursday, April 11, at 11:00 a.m. in Room 228 of the Hall- Patterson Building on the campus of Winston-Salem State University (WSSU).
 
The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is based on Lothspeich's long-term and current research on how two major Indian literary texts, the Ramayana and Mahabharata, are interpreted and performed in contemporary India. These are the two longest epic poems in world literature and are valued for their literary merit and religious inspiration.

Lothspeich will be a visiting scholar at WSSU April 11 - 12 as part of a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) funded project on integrating India into the liberal arts curriculum.  In addition to her public lecture, Lothspeich will also conduct a workshop for WSSU faculty on "Teaching the Indian Epics."

Lothspeich currently is a visiting Fulbright Scholar in India where she is working on a book project related to the 'Radheshyam Ramayana,' an early twentieth-century retelling of the Ramayana, and its performance in and around the author's hometown of Bareilly.

Lothspeich's teaching and research interests include the Indian epics in Hindi literature and theater, particularly the Ramlila tradition, and Indian literature and nationalism.  Her first book, "Epic Nation: Reimagining the Mahabharata in the Age of Empire," explores the relationship between a vogue for Hindu classicism in Hindi letters and the rise of Hindu nationalism in north India in the decades leading up to independence.
 
Before she joined UNC-Chapel Hill, Lothspeich taught at Michigan State University and the University of Chicago. She received her Ph.D. in comparative literature from Columbia University, a M.A. in Hindi and Sanskrit literature at the University of Washington, and a B.A. at The University of Iowa.


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