Wanderwords: language migration in American literature

Lauret, Maria (2014) Wanderwords: language migration in American literature. New Horizons in Contemporary Writing . Bloomsbury, New York. ISBN 9781628921632

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Abstract

This book examines how, in the era of global migration in which English is the lingua franca but not necessarily the lingua aesthetica for migrant writers, their bi- and multilingualism nevertheless enters the American English text. It shows how words wander from one language, one life, one self, one literary form to another; how the psychic and cultural worlds of their languages can split apart or merge, how their English itself often betrays the presence of another language, which is never quite erased but appears here and there, on special occasions with special meanings. Wanderwords explores what, in different forms of literature, the aesthetic effect of such wandering, splitting, or merging might be, and how migrant writers negotiate their representation of a multilingual world for a monolingual audience.

Wanderwords brings together literary and cultural theory with socio- and psycholinguistics as well as psychoanalysis and neuroscience and the history and theory of migration and ethnicity. A poetics of multilingual American literature emerges through close reading of the work of Mary Antin, Eva Hoffman, Richard Rodriguez,Bharati Mukherjee, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Susana Chavez-Silverman and Junot Diaz.

Item Type: Book
Keywords: American literature; immigrant literature; multilingual poetics; linguascape; Americanization; Antin; Hoffman; Cha; Mukherjee; Bok; Rodriguez; Diaz, Chavez-Silverman
Schools and Departments: School of English > English
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PS American literature
P Language and Literature > PS American literature > PS0700 Individual authors > PS3500 1900-1960
P Language and Literature > PS American literature > PS0700 Individual authors > PS3550 1961-2000
P Language and Literature > PS American literature > PS0700 Individual authors > PS3600 2001-
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Depositing User: Maria Lauret
Date Deposited: 14 May 2015 15:56
Last Modified: 14 May 2015 15:56
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/54005
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