World Next Door: South Asian American Literature (Asian American History & Cultu)

World Next Door: South Asian American Literature (Asian American History & Cultu)

By: Rajini Srikanth (author)Paperback

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This book grows out of the question, \u0022At this particular moment of tense geopolitics and inter-linked economies, what insights can South Asian American writing offer us about living in the world?\u0022 South Asian American literature, with its focus on the multiple geographies and histories of the global dispersal of South Asians, pulls back from a close-up view of the United States to reveal a wider landscape of many nations and peoples. South Asian American poets, novelists, and playwrights depict the nation as simultaneously discrete and entwined with the urgencies of places as diverse as Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India, Burma, Pakistan, and Trinidad. Drawing on the cosmopolitan sensibility of scholars like Anthony Appiah, Vinay Dharwadker, Martha Nussbaum, Bruce Robbins, and Amartya Sen, this book exhorts North American residents to envision connectedness with inhabitants of other lands. The world out there arrives next door.

About Author

Rajini Srikanth is Associate Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She is the coeditor (with Sunaina Maira) of Contours of the Heart: South Asians Map North America and (with Lavina Dhingra Shankar) of A Part Yet Apart: South Asians in Asian America.


Acknowledgments1. Introduction2. Transnational Homepages: Safety in Multiple Addresses3. Desire, Gender, and Sexuality4. Writing What You're Not: Limits and Possibilities of the Insider Imperative5. Trust and Betrayal in the Idea of AmericaNotesBibliographyIndex

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781592130818
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 304
  • ID: 9781592130818
  • ISBN10: 159213081X

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