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These essays bring home the most challenging observations of postmodernism—multiple identities, the fragility of meaning, the risks of communication. Sommer asserts that many people normally live—that is, think, feel, create, reason, persuade, laugh—in more than one language. She claims that traditional scholarship (aesthetics; language and philosophy; psychoanalysis, and politics) cannot see or hear more than one language at a time. The goal of these essays is to create a new field: bilingual arts & aesthetics which examine the aesthetic product produced by bilingual diasporic communities. The focus of this volume is the Americas, but examples and theoretical proposals come from Europe as well. In both areas, the issue offers another level of complexity to the migrant and cosmopolitan character of local societies in a global economy.

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Doris Sommer is Professor of Latin American Literature at Harvard University, and is author of Foundational Fictions:The National Romances of Latin America and Proceed With Caution, When Engaged by Minority Writing in the Americas.

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Table of Contents

• What is the Ontological Status of Bilingualism--Michael Holquist
• Is Monolingualism Possible?--Enrique Bernárdez
• José Can You See?”: Latina Responses to Racist Discourse--Ana Celia Zentella
• New York, Diaspora City: Latinos Between and Beyond--Juan Flores
• Montreal: A City in Translation - Sherry Simon
• Introduction to Tetraglosia: The Situation of Maghrebi Writers--Reda Bensmaia
• Bilingualism, Quechua Poetry and Post-Modern Subjectivity--José A. Mazzotti
• The Transamerican Trail to “Cerca del Cielo”: John Sayles and the Aesthetics of Multilingual Cinema--Joshua Miller
• Doña Marina and Captain Malinche--Margo Glantz
• Bilingual Blues, Bilingual Bliss. El Caso Casey--Gustavo Pérez-Firmat
• The Mother Tongue--Benigno Trigo
• Cuban Lexicon for Bargaining Bilinguals in Daina Chaviano's "El Hombre, la Hembra y el Hambre"--Esther Whitfield
Doubled-Barreled Canon
• Pidginizing Chinese - Yunte Huang
• Found in Translation: Reflections of Bilingual Americans--Julio Marzán
• The Language of Mixture--Julio Ortega
• Kafka’s Languages--David Suchoff
• Igor Guberman: An Exile’s Art of Punning--Greta Slobin
Living Investigations
• Bilingual Scenes--Sylvia Molloy

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