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The Anxiety of Indianness: Our Novels in English

Meenakshi Mukherjee
Economic and Political Weekly
Vol. 28, No. 48 (Nov. 27, 1993), pp. 2607-2611
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4400456
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Abstract

No one would write a doctoral dissertation on the Indianness of a Marathi novel, but when it comes to English fiction originating in our country, not only does the issue of Indianness become a favourite essentialising obsession in academic writings and the book review circuit, the writers themselves do not seem unaffected by it, the complicating factor being that English is not just any language-it was the language of our colonial rulers and continues even now to be the language of power and privilege.

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