English Heart, Hindi Heartland

English Heart, Hindi Heartland

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English Heart, Hindi Heartland examines Delhia€™s postcolonial literary worlda€”its institutions, prizes, publishers, writers, and translators, and the cultural geographies of key neighborhoodsa€”in light of colonial histories and the globalization of English. Rashmi Sadana places internationally recognized authors such as Salman Rushdie, Anita Desai, Vikram Seth, and Aravind Adiga in the context of debates within India about the politics of language and alongside other writers, including K. Satchidanandan, Shashi Deshpande, and Geetanjali Shree. Sadana undertakes an ethnographic study of literary culture that probes the connections between place, language, and text in order to show what language comes to stand for in peoplea€™s lives. In so doing, she unmasks a social discourse rife with questions of authenticity and cultural politics of inclusion and exclusion. English Heart, Hindi Heartland illustrates how the notion of what is considered to be culturally and linguistically authentic not only obscures larger questions relating to caste, religious, and gender identities, but that the authenticity discourse itself is continually in flux. In order to mediate and extract cultural capital from Indiaa€™s complex linguistic hierarchies, literary practitioners strategically deploy a fluid set of cultural and political distinctions that Sadana calls a€œliterary nationality.a€ Sadana argues that English, and the way it is positioned among the other Indian languages, does not represent a fixed pole, but rather serves to change political and literary alliances among classes and castes, often in surprising ways.Shashi Deshpande, a€œThe Horneta#39;s Nest, a€ in Writing from the Margin and Other Essays, 71. 27. The question of what can and cannot be said or expressed in different languages came up with several bilingual writers I spoke to. ... She explained that she also met with activists working among sex workers in Tamil- and Kannada-speaking re- gions who ... He went on to write an essay based on his speech, titled a€œThe Worlds of India, a€ which appeared in the 12 March 2001 issue of Outlook.

Title:English Heart, Hindi Heartland
Author:Rashmi Sadana
Publisher:Univ of California Press - 2012-01-07


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