By Nirmala Menon

This booklet significantly examines the postcolonial canon, wondering either the disproportionate cognizance to texts written in English and their overuse in makes an attempt to appreciate the postcolonial situation. the writer addresses the non-representation of Indian literature in conception, and the inadequacy of generalizing postcolonial reviews and subjectivities according to literature produced in a single language (English). It argues that, whereas postcolonial scholarship has effectively challenged Eurocentrism, it really is now time to increase the size past Anglophone and Francophone literatures to incorporate literatures in different languages resembling Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Tagalog, and Swahili.

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The supposed disruptiveness further loses its edge when one considers that the imagined audience for the translation is the scholar-academic already armed with the toolkit of deconstruction theory. It is another example of a work (albeit a translation) that is absorbed into the theory by being produced for it. An interventionist or counter-reading should be able to say “no”; a refusal of integration and accommodation; should protest and criticize any meta-narratives—literary or theoretical. Intervention has to be checked against all registers—textual and theoretical.

2 In an essay, Anuradha Dingawaney compares Guha’s essay with Roy’s text to examine the “difficulties that accrue to the task of recuperating the consciousness/voice of the oppressed and their subjugated histories” (Interventions, 369). Given the ubiquity of this text in discussions of subaltern discourse, I will use it to illustrate what I view as problems with the theoretical discourse. I believe there are narratives of subaltern resistance and voice in postcolonial literature that can provide a more complex understanding of subaltern engagement.

And the less it mattered, the less it mattered. It was never important enough because worse things had happened … worse things keep happening.

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