PREETHA MANI is an Assistant Professor in the Department of African, Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Literatures and a Member of the Core Faculty in the Program in Comparative Literature at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. Her research focuses on modern Hindi and Tamil literature, women’s writing in South Asia, South Asian feminisms, world literature, translation studies, and postcolonial studies. She is also an active translator of Hindi and Tamil literature into English. Her current book project is on Hindi and Tamil short story writing in the 1950s and ‘60s, which she uses to examine how nationally circulating tropes of the feminine ideal—such as the widow, the prostitute, the virgin, and the goodwife—contributed to the formation of regional literary canons that simultaneously appealed to national and world literary audiences.