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AHRC project blog: The Story of Story in South Asia
A monograph presenting my major research findings for this project has now been published by Routledge: see their page about the book here. A paperback will be available after a while.
by Naomi We have both really enjoyed working on this project, and particularly welcomed the responses from our lovely blog audience. The project is now drawing to a close and we have two announcements to make: Firstly, we will be holding a special event in Cardiff on 27th June, in which we are teaming up […]
by Naomi Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending the Spalding Symposium on Indian Religions, which was held at St Michael’s College, Llandaff, and warmly and efficiently hosted by Drs Simon Brodbeck and James Hegarty. The theme was “narrative” and so I enjoyed a packed weekend of papers on everything from Buddha-biographies to vetāla […]
by Naomi I am busy putting the final touches to my book, and one of the remaining tasks is selecting images to include. The publisher says I can have up to 21 images, black and white, inside the book, plus I would like something quite striking for the cover. It is the first time I […]
by Naomi This blog has gone a little quiet as we reach the end of the project and put together our monographs! A couple of weeks ago I finally found time to take a look at a dissertation that is of great interest to the broader frame of my research into inter-religious narrative interactions: “Dialogues […]
Category Archives: reviews of scholarship
When I see an academic book that looks interesting and relevant, my general policy is to buy it and add it to a pile on my desk, ready to be read when I have a moment. The rule is that … Continue reading
Having recently submitted my own book to the publisher, I have been enjoying working through a backlog of reading other people’s! I particularly enjoyed devouring Steven Collins’ edited volume Readings of the Vessantara Jātaka, which came out with Columbia University … Continue reading
I am sometimes asked why I find stories so interesting to study. It is a fair question, especially since I seem to get further and further drawn in to narratives – developing story-based school-teaching resources, organising events for the Story … Continue reading
Early this year I received a copy of Peter Whittlesey and Baythong Sayouvin Wittlesey’s new book Sinxay: Renaissance of a Lao-Thai Epic Hero, which they self-published late in 2015 after years of hard work. At its heart is an English retelling … Continue reading
I have finally found a moment to finish reading Maria Heim’s 2014 book The Forerunner of All Things: Buddhaghosa on Mind, Intention, and Agency (Oxford University Press). In it, Heim uses Pali scriptures and the commentaries of Buddhaghosa to explore … Continue reading
I don’t mean how do you start reading a book (that’s fairly straightforward, though it can get difficult during semester time) nor how do you start a book project. No, I mean, how do you decide what the first words … Continue reading