American Babel: Literatures of the United States from Abnaki to Zuni available in Hardcover
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- Harvard Department of English and American Literature and Langugage
If ever there was a polyglot place on the globe (other than the Tower of Babel), America between 1750 and 1850 was it. Here three continentsNorth America, Africa, and Europemet and spoke not as one, but in Amerindian and African languages, in German and English, Spanish, French, and Dutch. How this prodigious multilingualism lost its voice in the making of the American canon and in everyday American linguistic practice is the problem American Babel approaches from a variety of angles. Looking at the first Arabic-language African-American slave narrative, at quirks of translation in Greek-American bilingual books, and at the strategies of Yiddish women poets and Welsh-American dramatists, contributors show how linguistic resistance opposes the imperative of linguistic assimilation. They address matters of literary authority in Irish Gaelic writing, Creole novels, and the multiple voices of the Zuni storyteller; and in essays on Haitian, Welsh, Spanish, and Chinese literatures, they trace the relationship between domestic nationalism and immigrant internationalism, between domestic citizenship and immigrant ethnicity.
|Publisher:||Harvard Department of English and American Literature and Langugage|
|Series:||Harvard English Studies|
|Product dimensions:||6.60(w) x 9.42(h) x 1.31(d)|
About the Author
Marc Shell is Irving Babbitt Professor of Comparative Literature and Professor of English at Harvard University.