Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture: Series Number 156 Multilingual America: Language and the Making of American Literature

Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture: Series Number 156 Multilingual America: Language and the Making of American Literature

By: Lawrence Alan Rosenwald (author)Paperback

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Throughout its history, America has been the scene of multiple encounters between communities speaking different languages. Literature has long sought to represent these encounters in various ways, from James Fenimore Cooper's frontier fictions to the Jewish-American writers who popularised Yiddish as a highly influential modern vernacular. While other studies have concentrated on isolated parts of this history, Lawrence Rosenwald's book is the first to consider the whole story of linguistic representation in American literature, and to consider as well how multilingual fictions can be translated and incorporated into a national literary history. He uses case studies to analyse the most important kinds of linguistic encounters, such as those between Europeans and Native Americans, those between slaveholders and African slaves, and those between immigrants and American citizens. This ambitious, engaging book is an important contribution to the study of American literature, history and culture.

About Author

Lawrence Rosenwald is Anne Pierce Rogers Professor of American Literature at Wellesley College.

Contents

Introduction; 1. Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans and the languages of America; 2. Alfred Mercier, George W. Cable, and Louisiana French Creole; 3. More than an echo, or, English in Yiddish in America; 4. 'New language fun', or, on translating multilingual American texts; 5. Towards a history of multilingual American literature; Bibliography; Index.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780521721615
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 216
  • ID: 9780521721615
  • weight: 320
  • ISBN10: 052172161X

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