English and the Discourses of Colonialism

English and the Discourses of Colonialism

by Alastair Pennycook
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415178479

ISBN-13: 9780415178471

Pub. Date: 10/28/1998

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Challenging and provocative, English and the Discourses of Colonialism looks at the English language and its colonial legacy. Through detailed analysis, Alastair Pennycook reveals how colonial practice permeated the discourses of both the colonial and colonized

cultures, leaving lasting marks still evident today. He explores the extent to which English is,

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Challenging and provocative, English and the Discourses of Colonialism looks at the English language and its colonial legacy. Through detailed analysis, Alastair Pennycook reveals how colonial practice permeated the discourses of both the colonial and colonized

cultures, leaving lasting marks still evident today. He explores the extent to which English is, as commonly assumed, a language of neutrality and global communication, and to what extent it is, by contrast, a language laden with meanings, still weighed down by its colonial past. Travel

writing, newspaper articles and popular books on English are all referred to, as well as personal experiences and interviews with learners of English in India, Malaysia, China and Australia. Pennycook concludes with an appeal to postcolonial writing as a means of creating a politics of

opposition and rupture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415178471
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/28/1998
Series:
Politics of Language Series
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile:
1560L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

List of figures
Acknowledgements
1English and the cultural constructs of colonialism1
2The cultural constructs of colonialism33
3Anglicism, Orientalism and colonial language policy67
4Hong Kong: Opium, riots, English and Chinese95
5Images of the Self: our marvellous tongue129
6Images of the Other: China and cultural fixity160
7English, continuity and counterdiscourse190
Notes219
Bibliography221
Index233

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