Even the broad intellectual grouping known as Subaltern Studies hasn’t taken domestic work into account, save for the occasional moment when a conversation with a servant provides the researcher with an anecdote or factoid to motivate an essay on some profound question or other.
There are lots of nice bits in that piece. Also Pankaj Mishra finds it necessary to defend Adiga (but manages to do a piss-poor job – SS did not call Siegel an “Indian” but an “Indologist”. A mis-reading that Lee Siegel will thoroughly enjoy). [via H-ASIA]