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Elizabeth Rohlman

Position: 

Annual Fellow 2015-16

Biography: 

Elizabeth Rohlman is Associate Professor in the Department of Classics and Religion. She is the recipient of a SSHRC Insight Grant for her current research project Textural processes: narrative design, communal identity, and authorship in the intertextual dialectics of the Sanskrit Purānas.

Research Activities: 

Telling the Stories of Geography: Compositional Process, Narrative Design, and Communal Identity in the Sarasvatī Purāņa

My project is the final phase of a monograph on the Sarasvatī Purāņa, a regional text composed in the western Indian region of Gujarat between the 12th and 15th centuries. The book explores the evolution of the text over the course of several centuries, which resulted in two distinct and theologically opposed recensions. Focusing on the intertextual, this project seeks insight into the compositional processed through which the Sarasvatī Purāņa manufactured its own textual and religious authority. While this investigation will not reveal a single, human author of the Sarasvatī Purāņa, it will illuminate the human presence that guides the text’s continual recreation.

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