Tongue Ties: Logo-Eroticism in Anglo-Hispanic Literature / Edition 1

Tongue Ties: Logo-Eroticism in Anglo-Hispanic Literature / Edition 1

by Gustavo Perez Firmat
     
 

"Before it becomes a political, social, or even linguistic issue, bilingualism is a private affair, intimate theater." So writes Gustavo Pérez Firmat in this ground-breaking study of the interweaving of life and languages in a group of bilingual Spanish, Spanish-American and Latino writers. Unravelling the "tongue ties" of such diverse figures as the

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"Before it becomes a political, social, or even linguistic issue, bilingualism is a private affair, intimate theater." So writes Gustavo Pérez Firmat in this ground-breaking study of the interweaving of life and languages in a group of bilingual Spanish, Spanish-American and Latino writers. Unravelling the "tongue ties" of such diverse figures as the American philosopher George Santayana, the emigré Spanish poet Pedro Salinas, Spanish American novelists Guillermo Cabrera Infante and María Luisa Bombal, and Latino memoirists Richard Rodriguez and Sandra Cisneros, Pérez Firmat argues that their careers are shaped by a linguistic family romance that involves negotiating between the competing claims and attractions of Spanish and English.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781403962881
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
10/17/2003
Series:
New Directions in Latino American Culture
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.84(w) x 8.44(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Bilingual Bliss, Bilingual Blues1
1Saying Un-English Things in English23
2Love in a Foreign Language45
3Spanish-Only Body Talk69
4Mother's Idiom, Father's Tongue87
5Remembering Things Past in Translation107
6Spanish Passion, English Peace123
7Words That Smell Like Home139
Epilogue: I'm Cuban - What's Your Excuse?159
Notes165
Index191

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