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"Smart, beautiful, passionate, necessary: Rotten English is as canny as it is exhaustive; an extraordinary X-ray of English, as she is spoken, broken, and loved." -- Junot Diaz, author of This is How You Lose Her "Rotten English is a remarkable collection of vernacular poetry, prose, essays and novellas that has real and academic importance, and I applaud Ahmad for bringing this debate to a larger public. This book makes us aware of the incredible flexibility of English and charts its journey to become a truly global language..." -- Chris Abani "Roughly a billion people speak English today and, as this anthology demonstrates, they do so in infinite and rich variety." "If we want to preserve the dignity of that strange adjective 'comparative' in comparative literature, we will embrace creolity, and Rotten English will be a required text." -- Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak "For anybody who has ever been tutted at... come and have a bath in the wonderful Englishes in this book." -- Ian McMillan

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

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Brilliant and timely anthology by an academic star 13 Jun 2007
By C. Bhuvaneswar - Published on Amazon.com
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What a much-needed and insightfully wrought anthology of literary works by writers in the fascinating post-colonial world. Not only has Ms Ahmad put together writers who are both popular and critically acclaimed, ranging from Junot Diaz and Rohinton Mistry, to James Baldwin, to Sapphire, to Jonathan Safran Foer and Peter Carey, she has also provided beautiful introductions. After reading this, students will not only be lining up for her courses, but clamoring for more courses to be taught, period, about literature in vernacular English.
Readers will be looking forward eagerly to the next published work by this gifted scholar and writer.
Highly recommended! 21 Jan 2013
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Rotten English has original material, and is very well organized. The material presents an argument for the inclusion of a wide variety of source material for English literature courses. Plus, the pieces are fun to read.
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