Signed Edition Sweepstakes

Recently Viewed clear list

Original Essays | September 18, 2014

Lin Enger: IMG Knowing vs. Knowing

On a hot July evening years ago, my Toyota Tercel overheated on a flat stretch of highway north of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. A steam geyser shot up from... Continue »

Qualifying orders ship free.
New Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
available for shipping or prepaid pickup only
Available for In-store Pickup
in 7 to 12 days
Qty Store Section
5 Remote Warehouse Ethnic Studies- Asian American

This title in other editions

Other titles in the Asian American Experience series:

Indian Accents: Brown Voice and Racial Performance in American Television and Film (Asian American Experience)


Indian Accents: Brown Voice and Racial Performance in American Television and Film (Asian American Experience) Cover


Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Amid immigrant narratives of assimilation, Indian Accents focuses on the representations and stereotypes of South Asian characters in American film and television. Exploring key examples in popular culture ranging from Peter Sellers' portrayal of Hrundi Bakshi in the 1968 film The Party to contemporary representations such as Apu from The Simpsons and characters in Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, Shilpa S. Dave develops the ideas of andquot;accent,andquot; andquot;brownface,andquot; and andquot;brown voiceandquot; as new ways to explore the racialization of South Asians beyond just visual appearance. Dave relates these examples to earlier scholarship on blackface, race, and performance to show how andquot;accentsandquot; are a means of representing racial difference, national origin, and belonging, as well as distinctions of class and privilege. While focusing on racial impersonations in mainstream film and television, Indian Accents also amplifies the work of South Asian American actors who push back against brown voice performances, showing how strategic use of accent can expand and challenge such narrow stereotypes.

About the Author

Shilpa S. Dave is an assistant professor of American studies at Brandeis University and the coeditor of East Main Street: Asian American Popular Culture.

Product Details

Dave, Shilpa S.
University of Illinois Press
Sociology - General
Ethnic Studies-Asian American
Edition Description:
1st Edition
Asian American Experience
Publication Date:
17 black and white photographs
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Music » General
History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » Asian American
History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » Racism and Ethnic Conflict
History and Social Science » Sociology » General

Indian Accents: Brown Voice and Racial Performance in American Television and Film (Asian American Experience) New Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$30.75 In Stock
Product details 208 pages University of Illinois Press - English 9780252078934 Reviews:
  • back to top
Follow us on...

Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at