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Indian Writing in the West: Imperialism, Exoticism and Visibility

  • V. G. Julie Rajan
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Abstract

This chapter provides a brief overview of how fiction produced by Indian writers in English (IWrE) residing in India and abroad is marketed to English-speaking audiences in the West. I argue that it is Indian writing that reflects or is marketed to reflect content that resonates with common Western stereotypes of India, Indian people and Indian culture that gains the most currency and, hence, value and visibility in Western markets. While these texts have gained widespread visibility in the West, that visibility, ironically, reinforces common Western assumptions/stereotypes of India and, by extension, of the Global South collectively. Those stereotypes tend to objectify/exoticize India, Indian people and Indian culture in a manner that resonates with how Western colonialism objectified/exoticized the peoples, cultures and spaces that it colonized, which now comprise predominantly the Global South.1

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Indian Culture Indian People Western Market Vernacular Language Global Literary 
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