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The Critical PulseThirty-Six Credos by Contemporary Critics$
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Jeffrey Williams and Heather Steffen

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780231161152

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231161152.001.0001

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Declarations of Independence

Declarations of Independence

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(p.20) 2 Declarations of Independence
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The Critical Pulse
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Amitava Kumar

Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231161152.003.0003

This chapter recounts the author's departure from poststructural theory to find the most critical power in nonfiction writing. He reflects on his experiences as a student, first in India, and then later in the United States. He says that the most significant turns in his scholarship, and in his writing, have been attempts to first fit into, and then violently move away from the existing codes of naturalization for gaining citizenship in the English Department. He talks about the book that earned him tenure, Passport Photos, a multigenre report on what has been called immigritude. Tenure allowed him to quietly settle into the habit of writing what, till recently, he would have considered unexciting because it was not fragmentary or hybrid and relied on narrative, the style more associated with memoirs and long-form journalism. His turn toward more old-fashioned writing was helped by the emergence of a new, younger body of Indian writers who were just then making their mark in India as well as abroad.

Keywords:   literary critics, poststructural theory, nonfiction writing, journalism, Indian writers, Passport Photos, immigritude

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