An Other Tongue: Nation and Ethnicity in the Linguistic Borderlands

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Overview


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 Alarcón, 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 Alarcón, Alfred Arteaga, Juan Bruce-Novoa, Cordelia Chávez 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

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"The essays in this volume are well-written, powerfully argued, and provocative critical introductions to issues such as nation and national languages and heteroglossia and interlingualism. With its focus on multilingualism in the U. S., the Caribbean, India, and Ireland, the volume is essential reading for those interested in the remapping of World Literature."—José David Saldívar, University of California, Santa Cruz
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822314622
  • Publisher: Duke University Press Books
  • Publication date: 7/28/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 295
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.23 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

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

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Here, the Now 1
An Other Tongue 9
Colonialism and the Politics of Translation 35
Adulteration and the Nation: Monologic Nationalism and the Colonial Hybrid 53
Seeing with Another I: Our Search for Other Worlds 93
Cut Throat Sun 113
Conjugating Subjects: The Heteroglossia of Essence and Resistance 125
The Ruins of Representation: Shadow Survivance and the Literature of Dominance 139
A Rhetoric of Obliquity in African and Caribbean Women Writers 169
Differance and the Discourse of "Community" in Writings by and about the Ethnic Other(s) 185
Dialogism and Schizophrenia 203
Bilingualism and Dialogism: Another Reading of Lorna Dee Cervantes's Poetry 215
Dialogical Strategies, Monological Goals: Chicano Literature 225
Bilingualism as Satire in Nineteenth-Century Chicano Poetry 247
Nacer en Espanol 263
Bonding in Difference 273
Contributors 287
Index 291
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