Shansi Prize recipients Emma Leiken '16 and Richard Tran '16

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Dana Belott

“Reimagining the Hindu Ideal Woman: Interrogating Pre-20th Century Standards and Taking Ownership of Sita in Modern Retellings of theRamayana”

Dana Belott’s Religion capstone explored multiple texts of the Ramayana. As Professor Paula Richman writes in her letter of support, “The paper’s strengths lie it its ambitious scope, its close scrutiny of two judiciously selected episodes in three pre-20th century poems and in three 20th and 21st century Indian texts that have never been analyzed together through a comparative lens.” You can download and read Dana’s explanation of process and full 67-paper here:

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