Pamela Lothspeich, 2019–2020 | National Humanities Center

Pamela Lothspeich (NHC Fellow, 2019–20)

Project Title

Lila Affects: Power, Masculinity, and Sociality in a Vernacular Theatre

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Fellowship Work Summary, 2019–20

Pamela Lothspeich completed most of the major revisions to a book manuscript, Epic Modernity: The Radheshyam Ramayan and the Theatre of Ramlila, which were requested in two reviewers' reports from SUNY Press. This entailed a major reorganization of the material, and the writing of some new material, including one new chapter. She guest edited a special issue in Asian Theatre Journal 37, no. 1 (Spring). For this special issue, she wrote two pieces: "Introduction: The Field of Ramlila," and “Kumaoni Ramlila, A Conversation with Himanshu Joshi.” She also wrote the article, "Ramlila as Intangible Cultural Heritage," and submitted it to the Journal of American Folklore, which has recommended revisions. Finally, Lothspeich made significant progress on a volume, for which she is the editor, The Epic World. She arranged for 37 of the projected 50 contributors and began editing chapters. This volume, under contract with Routledge, for their World Series, is anticipated to be around 350,000 words.