Rotten English A Literary Anthology

ISBN-10: 0393329607

ISBN-13: 9780393329605

Edition: 2007

Authors: Dohra Ahmad, Dohra Ahmad

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A global anthology of fiction and poetry in vernacular English. Rotten Englishspans the globe to offer an overview of the best non-standard English writing of the past two centuries, with a focus on the most recent decades. During the last twelve years, half of the Man Booker awards went to novels written in non-standard English. What would once have been derogatorily termed "dialect literature" has come into its own in a language known variously as slang, creole, patois, pidgin, or, in the words of Nigerian novelist Ken Saro-Wiwa, "rotten English." The first anthology of its kind,Rotten Englishcelebrates vernacular literature from around the English-speaking world, from Robert Burns, Mark Twain, and Zora Neale Hurston to Papua New Guinea's John Kasaipwalova and Tobago's Marlene Nourbese Philip. With concise introductions that explain the context and aesthetics of the vernacular tradition,Rotten Englishpays tribute to the changes English has undergone as it has become a global language.
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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/17/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 544
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.650
Language: English

Dohra Ahmad is a professor at St. John's University, where she teaches postcolonial literature. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her family.

Introduction: "This Is Ma Trooth"
"Raal Right Singin'": Vernacular Poetry
"Colonization in Reverse" and "Bans O'Killing"
"Wings of a Dove"
"Auld Lang Syne," "Highland Mary," and "Bonnie Lesley"
"A Negro Love Song" and "When Malindy Sings"
"Mother to Son" and "Po' Boy Blues"
"Inglan Is a Bitch"
"Unrelated Incidents-No. 3"
"Comin Back Ower the Border"
"Quashie to Buccra"
"Dis Poem"
"Questions! Questions!"
"No more love poems #I"
"So Like I Say...": Vernacular Short Stories
"Po' Sandy"
"The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao"
"Letters from Whetu"
"Spunk" and "Story in Harlem Slang"
"Betel Nut Is Bad Magic for Airplanes"
"Joebell and America"
"The Ghost of Firozsha Baag"
"The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" and "A True Story, Repeated Word for Word as I Heard It"
"A Soft Touch" and "Granny's Old Junk"
"Only the Dead Know Brooklyn"
"I Wanna Say I Am Somebody": Selections from Vernacular Novels
from True History of the Kelly Gang
from The Snapper
from Once Were Warriors
"An Overture to the Commencement of a Very Rigid Journey," from Everything is Illuminated
from Beasts of No Nation
"Baywatch and de Preacher," from Tide Running
"Face," from Rolling the R's
from Londonstani
from No Mate for the Magpie
from Push
from Sozaboy: A Novel in Rotten English I said to myself, " trouble don begin"
from The Housing Lark
"A New English": Essays on Vernacular Literature
from "The African Writer and the English Language"
"How to Tame a Wild Tongue," from Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza
"If Black English Isn't a Language, Then Tell Me, What Is?"
from History of the Voice: The Development of Nation Language in Anglophone Caribbean Poetry
from "Minute on Indian Education"
"African Speech...English Words"
"The Absence of Writing or How I Almost Became a Spy"
"Mother Tongue"
Suggestions for Further Reading
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