I am a doctoral student in the Department for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto where I work on medieval Sanskrit poetry—think descriptions of dazzling mountains and larger-than-life heroes. Within this genre I am interested in how theological concepts get mapped onto other genres and how commentary shapes the way we read texts.
While I am in Toronto, my first foray into Sanskrit was at UBC, where I completed my BA (2016) and MA (2018) in Asian Studies. At that time I looked into how the perceived gender of the author shapes both how we understand texts and how they are read in particular ways by feminists and general literary scholars.
Learning Sanskrit is not only a challenge, but can also be a fun and rewarding experience—especially when one manages to unlock the beautiful image behind a confusing compound or verse!