Translation and Transnationality in the Himalaya: Writing Ghorka Language and Culture

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Abstract

Focusing on migration, translation and diaspora-formation, my chapter explores how Gorkha writing both crystallizes and problematizes postcolonial identities. Gorkhaness hinges on a fulcrum of ambivalence as it seeks to articulate a separate cultural identity away from Nepal and relocate itself within the citizenry and national culture of India. The iconic Darjeeling writer Indra Bahadur Rai narrates Gorkha subjectivity as it attempts to recast itself within the Indian matrix, riddled as it is by ethno-nationalist demands, including the cry for a Gorkhaland. Questions of translation in a transnational context in the Himalayas, I argue, has become the central concern in the writers I discuss. These writings enact a process of ‘alienation and of secondariness in relation to itself”. Rai comes across as a Gorkha nationalist/ethnicist, but the necessary ambivalence of his text ends up imagining and rewriting a more inclusive community.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelLanguage, Culture and Identity : Signs of Life
RedaktørerVera da Silva Sinha, Ana Moreno-Núñez, Zhen Tian
ForlagJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Publikationsdato2020
Kapitel2
ISBN (Trykt)9789027205483
ISBN (Elektronisk)9789027261243
StatusUdgivet - 2020
NavnCognitive Linguistic Studies in Cultural Contexts
Nummer13
ISSN1879-8047

Citer dette

Poddar, P. (2020). Translation and Transnationality in the Himalaya: Writing Ghorka Language and Culture. I V. D. S. Sinha, A. Moreno-Núñez, & Z. Tian (red.), Language, Culture and Identity: Signs of Life John Benjamins Publishing Company. Cognitive Linguistic Studies in Cultural Contexts, Nr. 13