Assistant Professor, Graduate Chair
My research centres on South Asian literature in the period immediately preceding and following India's Independence in 1947. Working primarily with sources in Hindi and Marathi, I focus on the ways in which writers and intellectuals working in South Asian languages articulated ideas of the international and the planetary while innovating within the intellectual and aesthetic frameworks of their literary cultures. The mid-twentieth century combines rapid political, social, and cultural change with a shift in the perceived relation of the self to the world, prompted in part by changes in technology and scientific knowledge. It thus provides an ideal ground to examine how writers and intellectuals responded by creating new literary forms and aesthetic philosophies.