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Other Tongues Rethinking the Language Debates in India by Nalini Iyer

Other Tongues Rethinking the Language Debates in India

Part of the Cross/Cultures Series


Other Tongues Rethinking the Language Debates in India by Nalini Iyer

Other Tongues: Rethinking the Language Debates in India explores the implications of the energetic and, at times, acrimonious public debate among Indian authors and academics over the hegemonic role of Indian writing in English. From the 1960s the debate in India has centered on the role of the English language in perpetuating and maintaining the cultural and ideological aspects of imperialism. The debate received renewed attention following controversial claims by Salman Rushdie and V.S. Naipaul on the inferior status of contemporary Indian-language literatures. This volume : * offers nuanced analysis of the language, audience and canon debate; * provides a multivocal debate in which academics, writers and publishers are brought together in a multi-genre format (academic essay, interview, personal essay); * explores how translation mediates this debate and the complex choices that translation must entail. Other Tongues is the first collective study by to bring together voices from differing national, linguistic and professional contexts in an examination of the nuances of this debate over language. By creating dialogue between different stakeholders - seven scholars, three writers, and three publishers from India - the volume brings to the forefront underrepresented aspects of Indian literary culture.

About the Author

Nalini Iyer is Associate Professor of English at Seattle University. Bonnie Zare is Associate Professor of Women's Studies at the University of Wyoming. Contributors: Urvashi Butalia, Arnab Chakladar, Geeta Dharmarajan, Chitra Divakaruni, Mahesh Elkunchwar, Nalini Iyer, Mini Krishnan, Nina Swamidoss McConigley, Christi Ann Merrill, Josna Rege, Pradip Sen, Lavina Dhingra Shankar, S. Shankar, Anushiya Sivanarayanan and Bonnie Zare.

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Publication date

1st January 2009


Nalini Iyer

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Editions Rodopi B.V. an imprint of Brill


208 pages




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