In fashioning diaspora beauty femininity and south asian american culture vanita reddy examines how beauty is a mobilising and socialising force implicated in the shaping of south asian american identities focusing on a range of cultural and literary texts drawn from the 1990s to the present. From this starting point reddy compellingly outlines how episodes like this are both symptom and provocation of much larger forces beauty fashion race diaspora femininity whose interactions shape south asian american cultural forms 4. Beauty femininity and south asian american culture is a pioneering book that straddles the interdisciplinary fields of womens studies literature south asian american studies and dress. Vanita reddy assembles and analyses a multi format archive in fashioning diaspora beauty femininity and south asian american cultureemploying examples from south asian especially indian and south asian diasporic literary texts movies and live performances reddy provides insights on how beauty and fashion make space for new racialised subject formations feminist and queer femininities . In her insightful study fashioning diaspora vanita reddy carefully maps how transnational itineraries of indian beauty and fashion shaped south asian american cultural identities and racialized belonging from the 1990s through the first decade of the twenty first century
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