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Indian AccentsBrown Voice and Racial Performance in American Television and Film$
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Shilpa S. Davé

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037405

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037405.001.0001

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Apu’s Brown Voice

Apu’s Brown Voice

The Simpsons and Indian American Accents

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(p.40) 2 Apu’s Brown Voice
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Indian Accents
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Shilpa S. Davé

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252037405.003.0003

This chapter discusses the character Apu, exploring how his appearance on the television show The Simpsons in the 1990s was a departure from previous Hollywood and television representations of South Asians in the United States. Whereas South Asians were previously depicted as brief visitors or exotic foreigners, Apu symbolizes a permanent Indian immigrant presence in the United States. Yet, his brown-voice performance racializes and differentiates him from other Americans. The chapter theorizes the use of brown voice and discusses how animated characters, in particular, become a significant subject to study vocal accents and voiceovers. Animated characters are unique because one of their most important defining features is their voice, and, thus, animation emphasizes the voice as a site of interest in thinking about racial performance.

Keywords:   South Asian Americans, The Simpsons, Indian immigrants, brown voice, racialization, animated characters, racial performance

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