Babel-icious

This is about a book that is not (yet) published in India, but one that should be, seeing that (a) it addresses issues of importance to us, and (b) an old and good friend, Bonnie Zare (who teaches at the University of Wyoming in Laramie) is one of the editors.

Other Tongues: Rethinking the Language Debates in India is hot off the press from Rodopi. Edited by Nalini Iyer (at Seattle University) and Bonnie Zare (University of Wyoming), this is a part of their series, Cross/Cultures - Readings in the Post/Colonial Literatures in English.

"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 a 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) and explores how translation mediates this debate and the complex choices that translation must entail.

Other Tongues is the first collective study 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."

Other contributors to the volume include Urvashi Butalia, Arnab Chakladar, Geeta Dharmarajan, Chitra Divakaruni, Mahesh Elkunchwar, Mini Krishnan, Nina Swamidoss McConigley, Christi Ann Merrill, Josna Rege, Pradip Sen, Lavina Dhingra Shankar, S. Shankar, and Anushiya Sivanarayanan.

As we said, not yet on our lists, but we will be more than pleased to get a copy for you! Write in to us. The book is in Hardcover, xxxvii+ 208 pages, US$ 64 or € 49, ISBN: 9789042025196.

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