Dr. Martha A. Selby   
Fulbright-Nehru Project Title: "Mirrors, Shadows, and City Streets: The Urban Realist
Fiction of D. Dilip Kumar"
Field of Study: Study of India
Home Institution in US: The University of Texas, Austin, TX
Host Institution in India: Kuppuswami Sastri Research Institute, Chennai, Tamil Nadu  
Start date/Month in India: December 2013
Duration of grant: Nine months

Brief Bio:
Dr. Martha Selby is professor of South Asian studies and chair of the Department of Asian Studies at the University of Texas, Austin. She received her BA (1982) in Asian studies from the University of Iowa, and earned her doctorate (1994) in Sanskrit and Tamil literature from the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago. She is the author of Grow Long, Blessed Night: Love Poems from Classical India (Oxford, 2000); The Circle of Six Seasons: Poems from Sanskrit, Prākrit, and Old Tamil (Penguin, 2003); and Tamil Love Poetry: The Five Hundred Short Poems of the Ain kurunūru (Columbia, 2011). She has recently held grants from the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Humanities Center, where she was NEH Fellow during the 2010-11 academic year. Her research interests include classical Sanskrit medical literature, Sanskrit and Tamil poetry and poetics, contemporary Tamil literature, and Prakrit poetry.

During her Fulbright fellowship, Dr. Selby proposes to prepare an English translation of the complete works of the contemporary Tamil writer, D. Dilip Kumar, the author of two novellas and seventeen short stories. He is also a well-regarded literary critic, the editor of several collections of short stories, and a translator from Gujarati, Hindi and English into Tamil. She will also conduct the research needed to write a substantial introduction, which will include a biography of the author, an analysis of his technique, style and use of language, and a brief history of the Tamil short story in post-1947 Chennai.