Brilliant I always enjoyed reading the mole speech in Brian Jaues Redwall series I never new there was a whole category classifying this style of writing and Rotten English
"Has Completely Open My Eyes "completely open my eyes itOriginal and pure This is my dream anthology vernacular English poetry stories and essays from around the world Brilliant Combines Robert Burns Zora Neale Hurston Junot D az and the essay that helped launch my thesis The Absence of Writing Or How I Almost Became a Spy by M NourbeSe Philip A delicious read for postcolonialists everywhere A really interesting collection I have been turned on to many new authors and their works by reading this I love how uniue each voice is and how this book celebrates the uniueness and power of language This is a great post colonial anthology It uses the English language as its lens revealing the oppression and cultural metamorphosis that societies who are the victims of imperialism undergo Language here is also a battleground Countries from around the world are represented here as they take English the most prominent symbol of their oppression and they change it molding it into something different that they can claim Also the idea of rotten English with its non compliance to standard grammar spelling and pronunciation sure does piss some people off did anyone else now that The Brief Wondeous Life of Oscar Wao was a short story before it turned into a novel It s in here So much vernacular it s hard not to read it out loud in accents as so much is written phonetically Fun fun fun and maddening on train rides for that reason An excellent collection of Rotten English spans 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 nown variously as slang creole patois pidgin orhas come into its own in a language Black Women in White America A Documentary History known variously as slang creole patois pidgin or the words of Nigerian novelist Ken Saro Wiwa rotten EnglishThe first anthology of itsind Rotten English celebrates 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 English pays tribute to the changes English has undergone as it has become a global languageContentsRaal right singin' vernacular poetry Colonization in reverse and Bans O'killing by Louise BennettWings of a dove by Kamau BrathwaiteAuld lang sy. G seen as holding an ideology the ind that happens between two people very politely disagreeing and misunderstanding eachother
I WANTED TO APOLOGISE FOR EAVESDROPPING AND THANK THEMwanted to apologise for eavesdropping and thank them the riveting lecture my coffee break had turned into but was only able to catch the journalist while the scientist left Upon finding out that I was reading Productive Paradoxes by Ahmad and Nero re vernacular literature the journalist in "Uestion Excitedly Recommended A Speech " excitedly recommended a speech David Foster Wallace in which he tells students how it s all well and good for them to write in vernacular but there s a good reason why we all function and operate in the ueen s English you now so don t shoot yourself in the feet I think the irony about ideologies was lost on him and I probably left him thinking my academic integrity is seriously compromisedSo there ya have it folks linguistic purism is alive well damaging and having a coffee right behind you I was already fully convinced of the urgency of Ahmad and my Rotten English course s arguments and content but apparently the world felt it necessary to heavy handedly reiterate It s a thoughtful collection of essays short stories or excerpts and poetry in non standard English their humorous explanation of rotten English when it is farthest from the truth If there were names you didn t now you were exposed to them in this collection and rest assured some of the best representations are there as well I didn t read it cover to cover but skimmed what I was interested in read introductions and information about some of the authors and their works and some of the works themselves. Novels from True history of the Kelly Gang by Peter Careyfrom The snapper by Roddy Doylefrom Once there were warriors by Alan DuffAn overture to the commencement of a very rigid journey by Jonathan Safran Foerfrom Beasts of no nation by Uzodinma IwealaBaywatch and de preacher from Tide running by Oonya KempadooFace from Rolling the R's by R Zamora Linmarkfrom Londonstani by Gautam Malkanifrom No mate for the magpie by Frances Molloyfrom Push by Sapphirefrom Sozaboy a novel in rotten English by Ken Saro Wiwafrom The housing lark by Sam Selvon A new English essays on vernacular literature The African writer and the English language by Chinua AchebeHow to tame a wild tongue by Gloria AnzalduaIf Black English isn't a language then tell me what is by James Baldwinfrom History of the voice the development of nation language in Anglophone Caribbean poetry by Kamau Brathwaitefrom Minute on Indian education by Thomas MacaulayAfrican speech English words by Gabriel OkaraThe absence of writing or How I almost became a spy by M NourbeSe PhilipMother tongue by Amy Tan. Ieces written in different nonstandard "vernaculars of English African American Carribean Scottish mestiza and many others A nice historical range " of English African American Carribean Scottish mestiza and many others A nice historical range well from Twain and Kipling to the presentMy one uibble It seems to me that the impact of many of the pieces has to do with what they are about than how they are written But even still the volume showcases a wide variety of alt voices If you have ever felt less than because your English is flawed read this to realize how much what we perceive as standard English is simply another dialect codified and enforced on non native speakers as a tool of imperialism and domination As a Caribbean born man it was a pleasure to see my native tongue and its variations given central status on the page I haven t been the same as a writer since then Got into this because of past avoidance of dialectsThought this might be just a joke but it s not Terrific anthology fascinating excerpts very good analysis of evolving language The title is from a comment by Nigerian novelist Ken Saro This has been one of the set texts for my final bachelor s Linguistics class and it has been an absolute pleasure and priviledge to be able to learn from it The selection is incredible perfectly curated I ve got an unending respect for Dohra Ahmad s work and would highly recommend anything by her to anyoneHilariously yesterday I accidentally ended up eavesdropping on an interview between one of the PhD student scientists who works at my university and a journalist for BBC World After finishing their interview they had a passionate and very awkward discussion about the dangers of bein. Ne Highland Mary and Bonnie Lesley by Robert BurnsA negro love song and When Malindy sings by Paul
Laurence DunbarMother to son and Po' boy blues by Langston HughesInglan is aDunbarMother to son and Po' boy blues by Langston HughesInglan is a by Linton Kwesi JohnsonWukhand by Paul Keens DouglasTommy by Rudyard KiplingUnrelated incidents no3 by Tom LeonardComin back ower the border by Mary McCabeuashie to Buccra by Claude McKayDis poem by Mutabarukauestions uestions by M NourbeSe Philipno love poems #1 by Ntozake ShangeSo like I say vernacular short stories Po' Sandy by Charles ChestnuttThe brief wondrous life of Oscar Wao by Junot DiazLetters from Whetu by Patricia GraceSpunk and Story in Harlem slang by Zora Neale HurstonBetel nut is bad magic for airplanes by John KasaipwalovaJoebell and America by Earl LovelaceThe ghost of Firozsha Baag by Rohinton MistryThe celebrated jumping frog of Calaveras County and A True story repeated word for word as I heard it by Mark TwainA soft touch and Granny's old junk by Irvine WelshOnly the dead now Brooklyn by Thomas Wolfe I wanna say I am somebody selections from vernacular.