Thinking with an Accent: Toward a New Object, Method, and Practice (California Studies in Music, Sound, and Media #3) (Paperback)

Thinking with an Accent: Toward a New Object, Method, and Practice (California Studies in Music, Sound, and Media #3) By Pooja Rangan (Editor), Akshya Saxena (Editor), Ragini Tharoor Srinivasan (Editor), Pavitra Sundar (Editor), John Baugh (Foreword by) Cover Image

Thinking with an Accent: Toward a New Object, Method, and Practice (California Studies in Music, Sound, and Media #3) (Paperback)

By Pooja Rangan (Editor), Akshya Saxena (Editor), Ragini Tharoor Srinivasan (Editor), Pavitra Sundar (Editor), John Baugh (Foreword by)

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Everyone speaks with an accent, but what is an accent? Thinking with an Accent introduces accent as a powerfully coded yet underexplored mode of perception that includes looking, listening, acting, reading, and thinking. This volume convenes scholars of media, literature, education, law, language, and sound to theorize accent as an object of inquiry, an interdisciplinary method, and an embodied practice. Accent does more than just denote identity: from algorithmic bias and corporate pedagogy to migratory poetics and the politics of comparison, accent mediates global economies of discrimination and desire. Accents happen between bodies and media. They negotiate power and invite attunement. These essays invite the reader to think with an accent—to practice a dialogical and multimodal inquiry that can yield transformative modalities of knowledge, action, and care.
Pooja Rangan is Associate Professor of English and Film and Media Studies at Amherst College and author of Immediations: The Humanitarian Impulse in Documentary.

Akshya Saxena is Assistant Professor of English at Vanderbilt University and author of Vernacular English: Reading the Anglophone in Postcolonial India.

Ragini Tharoor Srinivasan is Assistant Professor of English at Rice University.

Pavitra Sundar is Associate Professor of Literature at Hamilton College and author of Listening with a Feminist Ear: Soundwork in Bombay Cinema.
Product Details ISBN: 9780520389731
ISBN-10: 0520389735
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: February 21st, 2023
Pages: 334
Language: English
Series: California Studies in Music, Sound, and Media
"A guiding promise of this collection lies in its showcase of interdisciplinarity. Nourishing epistemological solidarities emerge in what the authors term ‘interdisciplinary accent studies.’ The authors prompt thinking around how future studies of global Anglophone literature, world literature, comparative literature, sound studies and accent studies are often in conversation. It is our own ‘accented’ reading and writing practices that ultimately silo accent and its disruptive potential."
— ASAP/J