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April 6, 2005

Indian Musing Of Emily Dickinson Focus Of April 11 International Mondays

In a lecture that examines connections between Emily Dickinson and India, Radhe Shyam Sharma, an International Forum for U.S. Studies (IFUSS) visiting fellow and professor emeritus in the Department of English at Osmania University, will discuss, "Indian Musing of an American Muse, Emily Dickinson's Drop of India," at the upcoming International Mondays lecture. The April 11 lecture will be in the International Center Lounge from noon to 1 p.m. This lecture is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be provided.

"Despite massive scholarship, very little is written about the presence of India in the poetry of Emily Dickinson," Sharma said. "In my talk, I shall elaborate on the way India figures in Emily Dickinson's poetic imagination and contributes to the rich texture of poetry."

In the past, Sharma has been an active participant in several IFUSS programs and returns to IFUSS as a visiting fellow for four weeks this spring. Sharma received his master's degree from Birmingham and his doctorate from Osmania University. One of the pioneers of American studies in India, he has contributed to American Studies curriculum development in Indian universities and at the American Studies Research Center at Hyderabad. His research interests include the study of landscape and literature in America.

He has edited several volumes, including "The Closing of American Frontier" (1994), "Literature and Popular Culture" (1990), and is the author of "Anita Desai" (1981), "The Rainbow: A Study of Symbolic Mode in D. H. Lawrence's Primitivism" (1981) and "The King and the Tyrant: A Study of Monarchy in King Lear" (1983).

For those unable to attend, WSUI-AM 910 will broadcast the lecture Tuesday, April 12, following the noon news. For more information or special accommodations to attend this lecture, call Buffy Quintero, UI International Programs outreach coordinator, at 319-335-0345.

The International Mondays series is sponsored by UI International Programs and the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization and presents discussions with individuals who have had international experiences. The lectures are usually from noon to 1 p.m. every Monday in the International Center Lounge or other locations on campus throughout the academic year with the exception of holidays and breaks.

UI International Programs consists of a number of different offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost for academic programs and dean of international programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and the community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026, lois-gray@uiowa.edu. Program: Buffy Quintero, 319-335-0345; Writer: Kent Nguyen