An Other Tongue: Nation and Ethnicity in the Linguistic Borderlands

An Other Tongue: Nation and Ethnicity in the Linguistic Borderlands

By: Alfred Arteaga (editor)Hardback

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As our millennium draws to a close, we find ourselves in the midst of great and rapid global changes with nations and political systems dissolving all around us and the world becoming one of shifting identities--of peoples unified and divided by such distinctions as nationality, ethnicity, race, religion, and colonial status. The articulation and construction of these distinctions, the very language of difference, is the subject of An Other Tongue. This collection of essays by a group of distinguished scholars, including Norma Alarcon, Gayatri Spivak, Tzvetan Todorov, and Gerald Vizenor, explores the interconnections between language and identity. The Chicanos, the U.S./Mexico borderland polyglots whose sense of history, nationality, and race is as mixed as their language, are the book's prime example. But the authors recognize that border zones, like diasporas and post-colonial relations, occur globally, and their discussion of hybrid or mestizo identities ranges from the United States to the Caribbean to South Asia to Ireland. Drawing on personal experience, readings of poetry and fiction, and cultural theory, the authors detail the politics of being human through the mediation of language. What does "shadow" mean to the Native American Indian, or diaspora to the East Indian immigrant? How does British colonialism yet affect Irish and Indian nationalist literary production? Why is the split between Eastern and Western European language use necessarily schizophrenic? So much of our sense of difference today is constructed as we speak, and An Other Tongue speaks with eloquence to this phenomenon and will be of great interest to those concerned with the discourse of post-colonial studies, critical theory, and the remapping of world literature.Contributors. Norma Alarcon, Alfred Arteaga, Juan Bruce-Novoa, Cordelia Chavez Candelaria, Michael G. Cooke, Edmundo Desnoes, Eugene C. Eoyang, David Lloyd, Lydie Moudileno, Jean-Luc Nancy, Tejaswini Niranjana, Ada Savin, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Michael Smith, Tzvetan Todorov, Luis A. Torres, Gerald Vizenor

About Author

Alfred Arteaga, Assistant Professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley, is the author of Cantos, a book of poetry.


Acknowledgments ix Introduction: The Here, the Now / Alfred Artega 1 An Other Tongue / Alfred Artega 9 Colonialism and the Politics of Translation / Tejaswini Niranjana 35 Adulteration and the Nation: Monologic Nationalism and the Colonial Hybrid / David Lloyd 53 Seeing with Another I: Our Search for Other Worlds / Eugene C. Eoyang 93 Cut Throat Sun / Jean-Luc Nancy 113 Conjugating Subjects: The Heteroglossia of Essence and Resistance / Norma Alarcon 125 The Ruins of Representation: Shadow Survivance and the Literature of Dominance / Gerald Vizenor 139 A Rhetoric of Obliquity in African and Caribbean Women Writers / Michael G. Cooke 169 Differance and the Discourse of "Community" in Writings by and about the Ethnic Other(s) / Cordelia Chavez Candelaria 185 Dialogism and Schizophrenia / Tzvetan Todorov 203 Bilingualism and Dialogism: Another Reading of Lorna Dee Cervantes's Poetry / Ada Savin 215 Dialogical Strategies, Monological Goals: Chicano Literature / Bruce-Novoa 225 Bilingualism as Satire in Nineteenth-Century Chicano Poetry / Luis A. Torres 247 Nacer en Espagnol / Edmundo Desnoes 263 Bonding in Difference / Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak 273 Contributors 287 Index 291

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  • ISBN13: 9780822314585
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 312
  • ID: 9780822314585
  • weight: 771
  • ISBN10: 0822314584

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