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Reading Together, Reading Apart: Identity, Belonging, and South Asian American Community

Tamara Bhalla


Often thought of as a solitary activity, the practice of reading can in fact encode the complex politics of community formation. Engagement with literary culture represents a particularly integral facet of identity formation—and expresses of a sense of belonging—within the South Asian diaspora in the United States. This book blends a case study with literary and textual analysis to illuminate this phenomenon. The book's investigation considers institutions from literary reviews to the marketplace to social media and other technologies, as well as traditional forms of literary discussion like b ... More

Keywords: reading, community formation, literary culture, identity formation, belonging, South Asian diaspora, readers, cultural authenticity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780252040481
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252040481.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tamara Bhalla, author
University of Maryland Baltimore County