Teaching English Literature/Language: Perspectives from a Non-metro University
Somdev Banik’s paper argues that there are broadly two kinds of university departments of English studies in India, metropolitan and suburban, depending on the location of the universities. Though the curricula in most universities are canonical, with an emphasis on teaching English literature as a cultural product, learners in suburban India, unlike their metropolitan counterparts, reject the Macaulayian agenda of appropriating the text, by simply resisting to read the text. While their Anglocentric teachers construe this disaffection in those learners as their ineligibility, these students go on to prefer language studies over literature studies as instruments of their social mobility.
KeywordsAnglicisation Acculturation Curriculum Fetish Decolonisation Text
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