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Passport Photos
By Amitava Kumar

Passport Photos

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Passport Photos by Amitava Kumar

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Passport Photos, a self-conscious act of artistic and intellectual forgery, is a report on the immigrant condition. A multigenre book combining theory, poetry, cultural criticism, and photography, it explores the complexities of the immigration experience, intervening in the impersonal language of the state. Passport Photos joins books by writers like Edward Said and Trinh T. Minh-ha in the search for a new poetics and politics of diaspora. Organized as a passport, Passport Photos is a unique work, taking as its object of analysis and engagement the lived experience of post-coloniality--especially in the United States and India. The book is a collage, moving back and forth between places, historical moments, voices, and levels of analysis. Seeking to link cultural, political, and aesthetic critiques, it weaves together issues as diverse as Indian fiction written in English, signs put up by the border patrol at the U.S.-Tijuana border, ethnic restaurants in New York City, the history of Indian indenture in Trinidad, Native Americans at the Superbowl, and much more. The borders this book crosses again and again are those where critical theory meets popular journalism, and where political poetry encounters the work of documentary photography. The argument for such border crossings lies in the reality of people's lives. This thought-provoking book explores that reality, as it brings postcolonial theory to a personal level and investigates global influences on local lives of immigrants.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520218178
ISBN-10: 0520218175
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Pages: 290
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 8-Jun-2000
Country of Publication: United States

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Books By Author Amitava Kumar

Away by Amitava Kumar Away, Paperback (November 2003)

This book brings together great writing by figures from South Asia who give voice to the experience of the exile and the emigrant. The list of contributors also includes Hanif Kureishi, Rohinton Mistry, Meera Syal, and others.

Bombay-London-New York by Amitava Kumar Bombay-London-New York, Hardback (November 2002)

With tales of life in India and London and meditations on the form Indian fiction gives to the lives of those who read about it, this is a sweeping, passionate search to find one's own story.

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Author Biography - Amitava Kumar

Amitava Kumar is Associate Professor of English at the University of Florida, and has been a Fellow at Yale University. He is the editor of Class Issues: Pedagogy, Cultural Studies, and the Public Sphere (1997), and Poetics/Politics: Radical Aesthetics for the Classroom (1999). Kumar was the script-writer and narrator for the award-winning documentary film Pure Chutney (1998).

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