Beyond the Mother Tongue: The Postmonolingual Condition

Beyond the Mother Tongue: The Postmonolingual Condition

by Yasemin Yildiz


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Beyond the Mother Tongue examines distinct forms of multilingualism, such as writing in one socially unsanctioned “mother tongue” about another language (Franz Kafka); mobilizing words of foreign derivation as part of a multilingual constellation within one language (Theodor W. Adorno); producing an oeuvre in two separate languages simultaneously (Yoko Tawada); and mixing different languages, codes, and registers within one text (Feridun Zaimoglu).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780823255757
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Publication date: 12/01/2013
Pages: 306
Product dimensions: 8.70(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Yasemin Yildiz is Associate Professor of German and Conrad Humanities Scholar at the University of Illinois.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction: Beyond the Mother Tongue? Multilingual Practices and the Monolingual Paradigm 1
1. The Uncanny Mother Tongue: Monolingualism and Jewishness in Franz Kafka 30
2. The Foreign in the Mother Tongue: Words of Foreign Derivation and Utopia in Theodor W. Adorno 67
3. Detaching from the Mother Tongue: Bilingualism and Liberation in Yoko Tawada 109
4. Surviving the Mother Tongue: Literal Translation and Trauma in Emine Sevgi Özdamar 143
5. Inventing a Motherless Tongue: Mixed Language and Masculinity in Feridun Zaimolu 169
Conclusion: Toward a Multilingual Paradigm? The Disaggregated Mother Tongue 203
Notes 213
Works Cited 259 Index 285

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