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ERIC Number: EJ856553
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 65
ISSN: ISSN-1534-8458
Silencing and Languaging in the Assembling of the Indian Nation-State: British Public Citizens, the Epistolary Form, and Historiography
Ramanathan, Vaidehi
Journal of Language, Identity, and Education, v8 n2-3 p203-219 2009
Taking the case of postcolonial India, this paper explores ways in which present temporal junctures permit a probing of historical boundaries to speak of voices largely silenced from Indian historiography, namely those of British (Indian) public citizens who were committed to the assembling of "an India." In particular, the paper discusses ways in which letters to and by Charles Andrews, Edward Thompson and John Amery debated ideas about carving an India out of the Empire and how this epistolary form in all its incompleteness mirrors the ongoing suspension of a collective assembly such as that of a nation. Heeding Radhakrishnan's cautions (2003) about turning history pages in other ways, the paper meditates on the dangers of the hardening borders of (postcolonial) nations--particularly India--and brings to the center silenced minor histories that at an earlier juncture escaped the historian's archive (Chakrabarty, 1998). Threaded through the exploration are also metaphysical ruminations on the relations of the silenced and languaged, silencing and languaging, and more general, silence and language. The paper also raises issues about the discursive construction of (postcolonial) nations through language and policies (Ricento, 2003; Wiley, 2004; Wodak, 2001). (Contains 3 tables and 6 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: India; United Kingdom