A Special Lecture by Paula Richman from Oberlin College, Ohio
Paula Richman is William Danforth Professor of South Asian Religions at Oberlin College in Ohio, USA. She received her Ph.D. in South Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago and has published two books on Tamil literature: Women. Branch Stories. and Religious Rhetoric in a Tamil Buddhist Text and Extraordinary Child: Translations from a Genre of Tamil Devotional Poetry. She has also edited and contributed to three volumes on the Ramayana: Many Ramayanas: Questioning Ramayanas; and Ramayana Stories in Modern South India. In fall 2013, she was a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University.