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Writing in English

Andrew Teverson

in Salman Rushdie

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780719070501
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701225 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719070501.003.0003
Writing in English

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The fact that English education in India may be seen as a tool for the cultural domination of Indians, designed to cement and extend the dominion already effected through military and economic means, makes explicit a central problem confronting an anti-colonial and post-colonial writer such as Rushdie, whose literary language of choice is English. Briefly stated: by using English, Rushdie lays himself open to the charge that he is not only accepting the legacy of British imperial rule but legitimising the culturally imperialistic act which brought English into being as a sub-continental language. Some of Rushdie's more aggressive critics have made this argument against him with force.

Keywords: Salman Rushdie; English; writing; India

Chapter.  8815 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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