Stephanie Jamison

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Professor, Department of Asian Languages & Cultures

Department: Asian Languages & Cultures
222C Royce Hall
University of California
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1540
Campus Mail Code: 154003
Phone: 310-206-7736
Fax: 310-825-8808

Keywords: Asia, India, South Asia, Buddhist Studies

Stephanie Jamison was originally trained as a historical and Indo-European linguist (PhD Yale 1977), but for many years she has concentrated on Indo-Iranian, especially (Vedic) Sanskrit and Middle Indo-Aryan languages and textual materials. She works not only on language and linguistics, but also literature and poetics, religion and law, mythology and ritual, and gender studies in these languages. She is also interested in comparative mythology and poetics, especially with Greek materials. Professor Jamison's teaching at UCLA spans these topics, including Sanskrit, Middle Indo-Aryan, and Old Iranian language and literature, Indo-European and Indo-Iranian linguistics, and undergraduate courses on Classical Indian civilization. Her current major project, jointly with Joel P. Brereton (University of Texas, Austin), is a complete new English translation of the oldest Sanskrit text, the Rig Veda.

Book Publications

The Rig Veda between Two Worlds: Four Lectures at the Collège de France, May 2004. 

Collège de France, Publications de l'Institut de Civilisation Indienne, fasc. 74. 2007.

Sacrificed Wife / Sacrificer's Wife: Women, Ritual, and Hospitality in Ancient India.  Oxford University Press. 1996

The Ravenous Hyenas and the Wounded Sun: Myth and Ritual in Ancient India.  Cornell University Press. 1991.

Function and Form in the -áya-formations of the Rig Veda and Atharva Veda.  Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht. 1983.

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