Description - Passport Photos by Amitava Kumar
A multigenre volume combining theory, poetry, cultural criticism, and photography, this text explores the complexities of the immigration experience, intervening in the impersonal language of the state. Organized as a passport, "Passport Photos" takes 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 US-Tijuana border, ethnic restaurants in New York City, the history of Indian indenture in Trinidad, Native Americans at the Superbowl, and more.
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(229mm x 152mm x mm)
University of California Press
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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).