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Salman Rushdie$
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Andrew Teverson

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780719070501

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719070501.001.0001

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Writing in English

Writing in English

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(p.30) 3 Writing in English
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Salman Rushdie
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Andrew Teverson

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719070501.003.0003

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

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