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Christi A. Merrill

Portrait of writer and translator Christi A. Merrill (right)

Christi A. Merrill

Christi A Merrill is associate professor of South Asian literature and postcolonial theory in the Departments of Comparative Literature and Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Michigan, and author of Riddles of Belonging: India in Translation and other Tales of Possession (Fordham University Press, 2009). Her translations of the oral-based stories of Rajasthani writer Vijaydan Detha, Chouboli and Other Stories, were copublished by Katha (New Delhi) and Fordham University Press (New York) and won the 2012 A. K. Ramanujan Award for translation from the Association of Asian Studies. She spent the 2013-14 school year in India on an NEH/AIIS senior fellowship researching the work of Kausalya Baisantry and other Dalit writers for the book-in-progress Genres of Real Life: Mediating Stories of Injustice Across Languages.

Articles by Christi A. Merrill

Beyond “Untouchability”: Dalit Literature in Hindi
By Laura Brueck & Christi A. Merrill
Dalit literature represents some of the most meaningful, socially engaged narrative voices in India today.
Our Village
By Mohan Das Namishray
It would be difficult to find a single man whose back had not been scarred by the whip of the thakur or his agents.
Translated from Hindi by Laura Brueck & Christi A. Merrill
from “Doubly Cursed”
By Kausalya Baisantry
There were a few people in our basti who couldn’t bear our improved circumstances.
Translated from Hindi by Christi A. Merrill
A True Calling
By Vijay Dan Detha
Nothing happens to a story if all you do is listen. Nothing happens if all you do is read, or memorize word for word. What matters is if you make the heart of the story part of your very life. This story…
Translated from Rajasthani by Christi A. Merrill & Kailash Kabir
Untold Hitlers
By Vijay Dan Detha
The five were only men. Some younger, some older, all between thirty and fifty. The eldest was beginning to gray here and there, but the others had heads of hair black as bumblebees. They looked like…
Translated from Rajasthani by Christi A. Merrill & Kailash Kabir