Indian Studies in China Program
Field of Study
Years of Stay at HYI
Aug 2018 to May 2019
Duan Nan is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Indian Languages and Literature at Peking University, China. She obtained her M.A. in Comparative Literature from Peking University in 2016 with a dissertation focusing on continuous narration in early Indian and Chinese Buddhist Art. She furthers this previous study by exploring how Buddhist narrative art varies from ancient India through Central Asia to East Asia and how visual narration develops in the Ramayana miniature paintings created later during the Mughal period. She pays much attention to archaeology, history, philology and cultural exchanges along the Silk Road as her background knowledge. Her Ph.D. dissertation will concentrate on an analytic and comparative study on the narration in Ramayana miniature paintings of Mewar manuscripts.