A Novel Idea - Hinduism 101 Sunday, April 15, 2018
Sunday, April 15
Hinduism and the role it plays in "No One Can Pronounce My Name."
Kristin Scheible will present a brief introduction to Hinduism, using the many references in "No One Can
Pronounce My Name" as a framework. How does Hinduism inflect the various themes (cultural conventions,
attitudes toward sexuality, relationships, obligations, identity) explored through the characters? What are
some Hindu practical and theological concerns that transform in diaspora?
Kristin Scheible (Harvard University, Ph.D) is a scholar of South Asian Religions who researches
religious/historical narrative literature, rhetorical strategies employed in P?li and Sanskrit texts, and the
affective domain provoked by religious texts. She is the author of Reading the Maha?vam?sa: The Literary
Aims of a Therava?da Buddhist History (Columbia University Press, 2016), and is currently at work with a co-
author on an anthology spanning the multiple religious traditions of India. She teaches courses in
Buddhism, Hinduism, emotion and the arousal of faith, gender and South Asian religious nationalisms at
Reed College. She is currently co-producing a documentary film exploring Indian classical dance as a mode
of Hindu cultural expression in Portland, Oregon.