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Dr. Steve Adisasmito-Smith

adisasmito-smithDr. Steve Adisasmito-Smith teaches World Literature, Myth and Folktales, and seminars like Mimesis, Violence and Ethics; Epics and Empires; and Women Weaving Wor(l)ds (premodern poets).

His PhD in Comparative Literature, from the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), focused on Sanskrit, Latin, and American, British and Indian literatures in English. In 1999, Steve studied The Mahabharata and Sanskrit poetics in India. His work, drawing on hermeneutics and postcolonial studies, was awarded the 1998 Horst Frenz Prize from the ACLA. Steve has published on the translation and interpretation of Sanskrit texts by British Orientalists, American Transcendentalists, and Indian Nationalists in journals such as Yearbook of Comparative and General Literature, Nineteenth-Century Prose, and South Asian Review.

His more recent research focuses on epics and biocultural approaches to literature (eco-criticism, evo-criticism, cognitive science and performance studies). He has recently translated women poets, like Vijjaka and Shilabhattarika, writing in Classical Sanskrit.

Steve travels with wife, Niken, and two sons, Ryan and Kris, to visit family in Indonesia and heads to the wild to hike and explore nature. He has rappelled into a cave, swum in an underground lake, ridden a horse up a volcano, returned from the Irish underworld, and climbed a mountain overlooking Paradise, AZ.