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International Journal of Research in English

Vol. 6, Issue 1, Part D (2024)

Nativization of language in Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner: A subversion of the canonical English

Author(s):

Dr. Narugopal Mukherjee

Abstract:

The present paper seeks to explore how Khaled Hosseni in his novel, The Kite Runner, has DE canonized the language of the colonial masters and has revolutionized the use of language by making a ‘chutnification’ of the language, to borrow the metaphor from Salman Rushdie’s seminal text, Midnight’s Children (1981). The paper will make a study of Hosseini’s nativization of the foreign language by hybridizing ‘canonical’ English with purely local words in the form of code-switching, code-mixing, and different forms of heteroglossia. Hosseini retains the native taste of the people of Afghanistan even though he writes in a language foreign to his countrymen. His fiction turns into a discourse on ethnicity, culture studies, nation, and nationhood. The language DE familiarizes the colonial framework of English and shows that the Empire has started writing back. Such a literary text facilitates language learning course and keeps the learners away from linguistic and cultural barriers in the interpretation and perception of a text written in a foreign tongue.

Pages: 227-229  |  56 Views  23 Downloads


International Journal of Research in English
How to cite this article:
Dr. Narugopal Mukherjee. Nativization of language in Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner: A subversion of the canonical English. Int. J. Res. Engl. 2024;6(1):227-229. DOI: 10.33545/26648717.2024.v6.i1d.193
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