Stereotypes As Provocation
This chapter presents the rationale of the book: interrogating the stereotype's perceived flatness, as it argues that it is a stereotype's elasticity that makes it indispensable to how global fiction is read. The book also discusses the ambivalent nature of the stereotype, both as a general concept and as prevalent in South Asian iterations. It theorizes the seductive force of the stereotype as an explanatory mechanism, while explaining the use and persistent allure of predictable representations of South Asia. By probing contexts ranging from the independence of the Indian subcontinent, to poverty, tourism, civil war, migration, domestic labor, and terrorist radicalism, the book encourages the interpretation of the ethics of literary representations of cultural and global difference.
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