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 qliterary nationality.q 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.In an essay published in 2011, she links this idiomatic Hindi to the bilingualism of her generation of writers, and so distinguishes it ... This kind of dual consciousness, where language is mediated through gendered family relations and spaces, is also apparent in the ... Suleri grew up in Lahore, nurtured in an elite English- and Urdu-speaking environment; her mother was Welsh and her father Pakistani.

Title:English Heart, Hindi Heartland
Author:Rashmi Sadana
Publisher:Univ of California Press - 2012-02-02


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