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Imperfect Solidarities: Tagore, Gandhi, Du Bois, and the Global Anglophone

Imperfect Solidarities: Tagore, Gandhi, Du Bois, and the Global Anglophone Downloaded from http://read.dukeupress.edu/comparative-literature/article-pdf/74/1/141/1474186/141kantor.pdf by DEEPDYVE INC user on 30 March 2022 BOOK REVIEWS Imperfect Solidarities: Tagore, Gandhi, Du Bois, and the Global Anglophone.By Madhumita Lahiri. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 2020. 232 pp. 1. Don’t Skip; 2. Read straight through; 3. Finish. —Jessie Redmon Fauset This simple advice appears in the third chapter of Madhumita Lahiri’s Imperfect Solid- arities: Tagore, Gandhi, Du Bois, and the Global Anglophone (132). It emerges from the pen of Jessie Redmon Fauset, the unsung coeditorof W. E. B. Du Bois’s periodical for young readers, The Brownies Book. What struck me as I read these simple rules is how flagrantly we tend to disobey them in the reading of an academic book: we skip only to the parts that seem most extractable, which means that we read in any order that suits us, and rarely finish. But, as Lahiri explains, to attend to theserules does more than assuage the vanityof the writer who has put the volume together. Instead, Fauset’s proposition reveals the “sociability of read- ing,” in which to read “is to follow the rules, so as to ‘have a game’ with other readers, writers, and editors of this printed world” (133). In Imperfect http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Comparative Literature Duke University Press

Imperfect Solidarities: Tagore, Gandhi, Du Bois, and the Global Anglophone

Comparative Literature , Volume 74 (1) – Mar 1, 2022

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Downloaded from http://read.dukeupress.edu/comparative-literature/article-pdf/74/1/141/1474186/141kantor.pdf by DEEPDYVE INC user on 30 March 2022 BOOK REVIEWS Imperfect Solidarities: Tagore, Gandhi, Du Bois, and the Global Anglophone.By Madhumita Lahiri. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 2020. 232 pp. 1. Don’t Skip; 2. Read straight through; 3. Finish. —Jessie Redmon Fauset This simple advice appears in the third chapter of Madhumita Lahiri’s Imperfect Solid- arities: Tagore, Gandhi, Du Bois, and the Global Anglophone (132). It emerges from the pen of Jessie Redmon Fauset, the unsung coeditorof W. E. B. Du Bois’s periodical for young readers, The Brownies Book. What struck me as I read these simple rules is how flagrantly we tend to disobey them in the reading of an academic book: we skip only to the parts that seem most extractable, which means that we read in any order that suits us, and rarely finish. But, as Lahiri explains, to attend to theserules does more than assuage the vanityof the writer who has put the volume together. Instead, Fauset’s proposition reveals the “sociability of read- ing,” in which to read “is to follow the rules, so as to ‘have a game’ with other readers, writers, and editors of this printed world” (133). In Imperfect

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