Caley Smith

Caley Smith

PhD Candidate in Sanskrit and Indian Studies
Caley Smith

Smith's dissertation examines the mimesis of the gods in the R̥gveda in order to understanding the Vedic religious imagination which makes poetic impersonation not only possible but a necessary addition to the corpus. Situating the text's representation of the speaking subject alongside the text's representation of the poetic occasion sheds light on the performative dynamics of early Vedic ritual as well as the social project of the anthology overall.

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