Smith uses a combination of philology and linguistic anthropology to examine the ways that the experience of text, or textuality, in South Asia has changed over time as well as the ways that textuality contours the contents of the texts. His current book project, The Invisible Mask, is a study of impersonation in Vedic ritual. He argues that Vedic impersonation is a verbal mask used to both ritually transform the performer and to legitimize the authenticity of the tradition by performing its origins. Indeed, these same element appear to be present in early Buddhist and Hindu recitation practices as well.
- Smith, Caley Charles. 2020. “The Invisible World of the Rigveda.” The Wiley Blackwell Companion to World Literature, vol. I, Ed. K. Seigneurie. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, 27-39. Download PDF (88.54 KB)
- Smith, Caley Charles. 2019. “How is a Vehicular Homicide like the Sacrifice?” Self, Sacrifice, and Cosmos: Late Vedic Thought, Ritual, and Philosophy: Papers in Honor of Dr. Ganesh Umakant Thite’s Contributions to Vedic Studies, Ed. Lauren Bausch, Ratna Sagar Pvt. Ltd, 144-60. Download PDF (235.98 KB)
- Smith, C.C. 2019. "Adhiyajña: Towards a Performance Grammar of the Vedas." Religions 2019:10:394. Download PDF (463.45 KB)
- Smith, Caley. 2017. “The Dialectology of Indic.” Handbook of Comparative and Historical Indo-European Linguistics, vol.1, Eds. Jared Klein, Brian Joseph, and Matthias Fritz. De Gruyter Mouton, 417-47. Download PDF (250.4 KB)
- Smith, Caley Charles. 2016. "Exploring Impossible Authors.” Veda and Vedic Literature: Proceedings from the 16th World Sanskrit Conference in Bangkok, Thailand, June 28th-July 2nd, 2015, vol.4. Ed. Hans Henrich Hock. New Delhi: DK Publishers Distributors Pvt. Ltd, 209-25. Download PDF (846.21 KB)