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