Not like a native speaker reads like a great novel through a dazzling array of historical and contemporary scenes rey chow makes yet another invaluable contribution to postcolonial and diaspora studies this time by taking on the vexing yet hugely important issue of languaging the racialization of bodies via the loss of native languages . Not like a native speaker draws from ideas first developed in chows 2002 book the protestant ethnic and the spirit of capitalism as well as research on colonial subjugation through linguistic displacement and dispossession however in its focus on the by products of non native languaging such as accents unarticulated affects or . Review of not like a native speaker on languaging as a postcolonial experience by rey chow riemenschnitter andrea hong anrui she envisions the mass experience of postcolonial languaging as a collective refashioning of the world with dispossession as its key. Chapter 2 not like a native speaker the postcolonial scene of languaging and the proximity of the xenophone offers a fresh and thrillingly original intervention in the debate between chinua achebe and ngugi wa thiongo on the status of english in postcolonial african contexts. In these riveting scenes of speaking and writing imbricated with race pigmentation and class demarcations chow suggests postcolonial languaging becomes de facto an order of biopolitics the native speaker the fulcrum figure often accorded a transcendent status is realigned here as the repository of illusory linguistic origins and unities
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