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Professor Lothspeich (she/her) teaches courses on Indian literature and culture in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and enjoys working with and mentoring students at Carolina. Her research focuses on modern adaptations of the Mahabharata and Ramayana in literature, theatre, and film. Her books include Epic Nation: Reimagining the Mahabharata in the Age of Empire (OUP 2009), and the co-edited volume, Mimetic Desires: Impersonation and Guising across South Asia (University of Hawai‘i Press 2022). Her current book project is on a modern Hindi epic known as The Radheshyam Ramayana and a style of theater called Ramlila which enacts the story of the Ramayana in an annual festival.

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