Big issues around a small-scale phenomenon: vernacular pulp fiction in English translation for Indian readers

Gupta, Suman (2013). Big issues around a small-scale phenomenon: vernacular pulp fiction in English translation for Indian readers. Journal of Commonwealth Literature, 48(1) pp. 159–175.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0021989412470337

Abstract

This paper explores the implications of the recent appearance of some Indian vernacular pulp fiction texts in English translation for Indian readers. As background, the first of three main sections here outlines the current scope of Indian Translation Studies, and also briefly examines recent thinking about the position of English in India. The second section examines the habitual Indian English-readers’ perspective of such pulp fiction in translation, and the third that of Hindi commentators insofar as relevant here. These two sections do not offer a linear argument, or undertake a close reading of specific texts. Rather, they draw a picture of vernacular and English popular print culture in India, wherein various slippages and cross-connections are apparent.

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