The “Writing Back Paradigm” and the Relevance of Postcolonial Stylistics

Ranganathan Kalpana


Postcolonial writers writing in English resorted to various strategies and deviations to maintain the cultural distinctiveness and nativity of both text and context. This practice is also true of postcolonial writers in the postliberalisation era. These strategies and deviations, as a process of “acculturisation”, have been described by the use of terms such as “abrogation” and “appropriation” by Ashcroft et al. (1989). This article collects examples from the works of various postcolonial writers as reviewed by various critics and analyses various strategies, deviations and innovations attempted by these writers to mark their distinctiveness.


Post colonial; Stylistics; Abrogation; Appropriation; Nativised; Nativisation

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