The University of Texas at Austin Libraries is developing a collection of popular and pulp fiction in the regional languages of South Asia. These novels, novellas and serialized stories help us challenge what qualifies as “worthy” both in terms of style and substance while also providing a unique lens through which themes of gender, sexuality, caste & religion, authority can be explored. Beyond literary content, the graphic covers are also of great interest.

Beyond the exhibits highlighted here (click on "highlights" above), please also visit the online collection of scanned covers. The entire physical collection of these books is discoverable through the UT Library catalog and can be sorted by language, including titles in:

For more background on the collection and its continued growth, please visit the collection guide. The collection is UT's "niche" contribution to the South Asia Cooperative Collection Development Workshops.