Emily Hudson

Emily Hudson147 Bay State Road, Suite 506
Boston, MA 02215
T: 617.358.3910.; F: 617.358.3087
Email: ehudson@bu.edu
Spring 2015 Office Hours: On leave


Emily T. Hudson received her M.A. from the University of Chicago and her Ph.D. from the Graduate Division of Religion at Emory University with a specialization in South Asian religion(s), comparative literature, and literary theory. Before joining the Religion Department at BU in 2010, she taught at Harvard University as a lecturer in the history and literature program. Situating herself methodologically at the crossroads of religion and literature, the history of religions, and religious ethics, Hudson’s teaching and research interests focus on South Asian literature and literary theory and comparative religious ethics. Her book Disorienting Dharma: Ethics and the Poetics of Suffering in the Mahabharata (Oxford University Press, 2012) explores the relationship between aesthetics, ethics, and religion in one of the most celebrated and enigmatic literary texts to emerge from the Sanskrit epic tradition.  Her current project, provisionally entitled Rethinking Moral Paragons and Moral Dilemmas in the Indian Epics, offers a reassessment of the Sanskrit epics in light of their contribution to religious studies, comparative literature, and narrative ethics.

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9780199860784 “Disorienting Dharma: Ethics and the Aesthetics of Suffering in the Mahabharata”
By Emily T. Hudson
Oxford University Press
December 19, 2012
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  • CAS RN102 Sacred Journeys
  • CAS RN203 Religion and Film
  • CAS RN241 Topics in Religion & Evil
  • CAS RN524 A1 Topics in Religion and Literature: The Ramayana