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Yet, the definitive work on English studies, The Social Mission of English Criticism (Chris Baldick, 1983), makes only one reference, albeit a strong one, to the role of the colonies within this disciplinary narrative. among many of equal importance. Also worth reading is Venkat Rao's 'Self Formations: Speculations on the Question of Postcoloniality'. Politics of Standardization 15 repercussions of such a disciplinarization, however, we must rely on MacCabe's description of the broad text of colonialism as it seeks to provide a continuist version of the English national identity through a self-conscious homogenization and unification of heterogeneous elements.
In fact, therefore, there is much less access to non-standard forms of language in published material, so 'models' of this writing are unavailable for would-be practitioners. Unlike the spoken varieties, non-standard writing, even when systematically and consistently divergent from the 'norm' as when 20. See also Chapter 4 in which moti_vations (of peasants in the Lankan Rebellion of 1848) are deliberately not accorded the importance traditionally attached to them. Politics of Standardization 13 it reproduces non-standard speech, has little legitimacy except in restricted and specialized 'creative' contexts.
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