Caste in a casteless language?: English as a language of Dalit expression

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dc.contributor.author Kothari, Rita
dc.date.accessioned 2014-03-17T09:42:20Z
dc.date.available 2014-03-17T09:42:20Z
dc.date.issued 2013-09
dc.identifier.citation Kothari, Rita, “Caste in a casteless language?: English as a language of Dalit expression”, Economic & Political Weekly, vol. 48, no. 39, pp. 60-68, Sep. 2013. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0012-9976
dc.identifier.uri https://repository.iitgn.ac.in/handle/123456789/848
dc.identifier.uri http://www.epw.in/journal/2013/39/special-articles/caste-casteless-language.html?0=ip_login_no_cache%3Dee6e8288e555de659a55eea65f87fccb
dc.description.abstract This paper focuses on a new archive of dalit writing in English translation. The "archive" has a forced homogeneity imposed by the term "dalit", which embraces an urban middle-class dalit and a member of a scavenger caste; the homogeneity is consolidated by the fact that the translated texts are in an international language. The questions asked concern the relationship between caste and the English language, two phenomena that represent considerably antithetical signs. Dalit writers accept English as a target language, despite the fact that local realities and registers of caste are difficult to couch in a language that has no memory of caste. The discussion shows how English promises to dalit writers (as both individuals and representatives of communities) agency, articulation, recognition and justice. The paper draws attention to the multiplicity of contexts that make writing by dalits part of a literary public sphere in India, and contribute to our thinking about caste issues in the context of human rights.
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Rita Kothari
dc.format.extent Vol. 48, No. 39, pp. 60-68
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Sameeksha Trust Publications en_US
dc.subject Caste system
dc.title Caste in a casteless language?: English as a language of Dalit expression en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.relation.journal Economic & Political Weekly


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