CELIA (Collaborative Education, Leadership, and Innovation in the Arts)

Alpana Sharma

Professor of English and Women’s Studies and Graduate Director of English
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Alpana Sharma is Professor of English and Women’s Studies and Graduate Director of English at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Pittsburgh in 1990 and taught at the University of Delaware and University of Nebraska-Lincoln before moving to Dayton in 2000. She has published on South Asian women writers, post-colonial literature, and Hindi cinema in academic journals ranging from Modern Fiction Studies to Literature/Film Quarterly. She has edited a collection of essays on new immigrant literatures in the United States and a special issue of the journal, South Asian Review, on the topic of South Asian modernism. At Wright State University, Alpana Sharma teaches courses in non-western and post-colonial literature, including literature from South Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. She has also taught South Asian film, literature of the post-colonial diaspora, and post-colonial theory on the undergraduate and graduate level.

The Right to be Offended:
Debating Censorship in India's New Democracy
Dr. Arshia Sattar

Join us September 18, 2014
3:30-5:00 p.m. in the Discovery Room, 163 Student Union

Followed by refreshments and an exhibit of books banned in South Asia until 7:00 p.m.
in the Endeavor Room, 156 Student Union

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Alpana Sharma at alpana.sharma@wright.edu or (937)775-3136.

Sponsored by the Department of English, the Honors Program at Wright State University, and CELIA.

Dr. Arshia Sattar earned her Ph.D. in South Asian Languages and Literatures at the University of Chicago, working closely with Dr. Wendy Doniger, whose study of Hinduism, The Hindus: An Alternative History, was banned in India in February 2014. Her translations of the Valmiki Ramayana (1996) and Tales from the Kathasaritsagara (1993) are published by Penguin Books as is her collection of essays on the Ramayana, Lost Loves: Exploring Rama's Anguish (2011), which was short-listed for the Crossword Non-Fiction Award in 2012. She has also written three books for children, most recently, Adventures with Hanuman (Red Turtle, 2013). Her latest book, The Mouse Merchant: Tales of Money in Ancient India (Alan Payne, Penguin 2013), is a compilation of stories from Sanskrit texts about attitudes to money. Dr. Sattar teaches classical Indian literatures at various institutions across the country and, with D. W. Gibson, is the Founder and Director of Sangam House, an international writers' residency program located outside Bangalore. Dr. Sattar was a Fulbright Scholar in Residence at Hampshire College in 2010 and a Rockefeller Fellow in Translation at the Bellagio Center in Italy in 2009. She has also held two Charles Wallace fellowships as a translator in 1998 and 2013.



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