An Other Tongue: Nation and Ethnicity in the Linguistic Borderlands

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As the 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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822314622
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • 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

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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