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Dheepa Sundaram

Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies
Dhar India Studies Program

Contact

dsundara@indiana.edu
Sycamore Hall, Rm. 007

Education

BA, Indiana University Bloomington, 2000
MA,University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2008
Ph.D., University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, 2013

Research Interests

Professional Biography

I am Visiting Assistant Professor in Religious Studies and the Dhar India Studies Program. I have a Ph.D. in Comparative and World Literatures from the University of Illinois and completed my undergraduate work in Religious Studies and Comparative Literature at Indiana University. My teaching and research interests include Sanskrit language/aesthetics/drama, South Asian religious traditions/mythologies/literatures, Tamil drama and performance 1900-1935, South Indian performance traditions, English and Irish Modernist Drama/Literature/Theory, and Postcolonial and Cultural studies. I am interested in the looking at the ways in which aesthetics influences the production of identity, political, and social discourses in the South Indian context. In particular, my work examines how nationalist plays in Tamil Nadu develop through multiple aesthetic “conversations” with both indigenous and non-indigenous poetic principles.

I am currently working on a Sanskrit Reader for intermediate students in collaboration with Dr. Rajeshwari Pandharipande as well as an article looking at the influence of the Theosophical Society on the aesthetic and political ideologies of W.B. Yeats and Swaminatha Sarma.

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