Fashioning Diaspora: Beauty, Femininity, and South Asian American Culture

Fashioning Diaspora

Beauty, Femininity, and South Asian American Culture

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ISBN10: 143991155X ISBN13: 9781439911556 Publisher: Amer Literatures Initiative Published: Feb 1 2016 Pages: 261 Weight: 0.90lbs. Height: 8.75" Width: 6.00" Depth: 0.75" Language: English

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The author examines how diasporic individuals engage with aspects of Indian beauty, femininity, and fashion and how these encounters create practices of citizenship and belonging, looking at the impact of transnational flows of Indian beauty and fashion on South Asian American cultural identities and belonging from the 1990s to the end of the first decade of the 20th century. She discusses a diverse array of topics: beauty as a form of physical attractiveness that represents the failed promises of national and transnational belonging for diasporic Indian women, postcolonial Indian men, and white American women, through Bharati Mukherjee's novel Jasmine; how Indian beauty's socializing capacities expand beyond the marginalized female diasporic subject and the reach of the nation in Jhumpa Lahiri's short fiction collection Interpreter of Maladies; Indian beauty in Pallavi Dixit's short story “Pageant,

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