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Ph.D. South and Southeast Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley
M.A. South and Southeast Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley
B.A. English and Philosophy, Tufts University
Areas of Research and Interest:
Modern Hindi and Tamil Literature, South Asian Feminisms, Women’s Writing in South Asia, World Literature, Genre Studies, Translation Studies, and Postcolonial Studies
My research focuses on how representations of the Indian woman are used to shape ideas of regional and national identity, and experiences of belonging, in the aftermath of Indian Independence. My current project is on Hindi and Tamil short story writing from the 1950s and 1960s, which I use to examine how nationally-circulating tropes of the feminine ideal – such as the widow, the prostitute, the virgin, and the good wife – contributed to the formation of regional literary canons that simultaneously appealed to national and world literary audiences. I have an enduring interest in the relationship between gender and genre and the popular and the literary, which informs my ongoing work on the comparative study of Indian and world literatures, translation studies, and women’s writing in South Asia.
Forthcoming. (with Aparna and Vinay Dharwadkar) “The Playwright and the Stage,” translation in A Poetics of Modernity: Indian Theatre Theory, 1860 to the Present. Ed. Aparna Dharwadker. Delhi: Oxford University Press.
2010. “In Premchand’s Home,” translation and critical introduction in Nationalism in the Vernacular: Hindi, Urdu, and the Literature of Indian Freedom. Ed. Shobna Nijhawan. Delhi: Permanent Black.
AMESALL Courses (Present and Future):
Introduction to the Literatures of South Asia
Women Writers of South Asia
Introduction to Translation Studies
Gender, Nation, and Literature in South Asia