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Indian Accents: Brown Voice and Racial Performance in American Television and Film

Shilpa S. Davé

Abstract

Amid immigrant narratives of assimilation, this book 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, the book develops the ideas of “accent,” “brownface,” and “brown voice” as new ways to explore the racialization of South Asians beyond visual appearance. The book relates these examples to earlier sc ... More

Keywords: American film, American television, popular culture, South Asians, racialization, racial difference, South Asian Americans

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780252037405
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252037405.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Shilpa S. Davé, author
University of Virginia