Core Faculty

Selected Publications:

Forthcoming. “An Aesthetics of Isolation: How Pudumaippittan Gave Preeminence to the Tamil Short Story.” South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies

Forthcoming. “The Secret of Literature,” introduction to and translation of Pudumaippittan’s “Ilakkiyattiṉ Irakaciyam.” South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies.

2019. “What Was So New about the New Story? Modernist Realism in the Hindi Nayī Kahānī.” Comparative Literature 71(3): 226-251.

2019. “Literary and Popular Fiction in Late Colonial Tamil Nadu,” in Indian Genre Fiction: Pasts and Future Histories, edited by Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay, Anwesha Maity, and Aakriti Mandhwani. London: Routledge, 17-37.\

2019. (with Aparna and Vinay Dharwadkar) “The Playwright and the Stage,” translation of Mohan Rakesh’s “Natakkar aur Rangmanch” in A Poetics of Modernity: Indian Theatre Theory, 1860 to the Present. Ed. Aparna Dharwadker. Delhi: Oxford University Press, 234-239.

2016. “Feminine Desire is Human Desire: Women Writing Feminism in Post-Independence India.” Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East 36 (1): 21-41. 

  1. “Don’t you know Sita?,” introduction to and translation of R. Chudamani’s “Citaiyait Teriyuma?” SAGAR: A South Asia Research Journal 23: 111-127.
  1. “In Premchand’s Home,” introduction to and translation of selections from Shivrani Devi’s Premchand Ghar Mein in Nationalism in the Vernacular: Hindi, Urdu, and the Literature of Indian Freedom. Ed. Shobna Nijhawan. Delhi: Permanent Black. 
  1. “Conjugal Self, Conjugal Citizen: Hindi and Tamil Short Story Writing and the Either/Or of Postcolonial Indian Citizenship,” University of California-Los Angeles: Center for the Study of Women.


AMESALL Courses:


Introduction to the Literatures of South Asia 

Women Writers of South Asia 

Introduction to Translation Studies 

Gender, Nation, and Literature in South Asia 

Love in South Asia 

Crossroads: Classical Literatures of Africa, the Middle East and South Asia 

Introduction to Postcolonial Literatures and Theories 

Senior Seminar in Literature and Society 


Introduction to Literary Theory