Department of Asian Studies
Department of Asian Studies

Faculty Seminar on British Studies: Everyday Life in South India through the Tamil Short Story

Martha Ann Selby

Fri, February 19, 2016 | Tom Lea Rooms, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center 3.206

2:45 PM - 4:45 PM

In addition to her training as a specialist in the classical languages of India, Martha Ann Selby has embraced contemporary Tamil literature. During her recent eight-month tenure as a Fulbright Scholar in Chennai (Madras), she conducted research on the modern fiction of D. Dilip Kumar, one of Tamilnadu’s most socially-conscious writers. In her presentation for the British Studies seminar, she will explore Dilip Kumar’s portrayal of Tamil society, migration history, language politics and conflict, and problems of class and caste disparity.


            Martha Ann Selby is Ralph B. Thomas Regents Professor and Chair of the Department of Asian Studies.  She is the author of three books.  Her 2011 Tamil Love Poetry was awarded the A. K. Ramanujan Translation Prize in 2014. She has held fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Humanities Center. She most recently held a Fulbright-Nehru Senior Research Fellowship to translate Tamil short fiction.


2:45 for 3:00 p.m.


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