Grammar Lessons: Translating a Life in Spain

Grammar Lessons: Translating a Life in Spain

by Michele Morano

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Grammar Lessons: Translating a Life in Spain by Michele Morano

In the thirteen personal essays in Grammar Lessons, Michele Morano connects the rules of grammar to the stories we tell to help us understand our worlds. Living and traveling in Spain during a year of teaching English to university students, she learned to translate and interpret her past and present worlds—to study the surprising moments of communication—as a way to make sense of language and meaning, longing and memory.
    Morano focuses first on her year of living in Oviedo, in the early 1990s, a time spent immersing herself in a new culture and language while working through the relationship she had left behind with an emotionally dependent and suicidal man. Next, after subsequent trips to Spain, she explores the ways that travel sparks us to reconsider our personal histories in the context of larger historical legacies. Finally, she turns to the aftereffects of travel, to the constant negotiations involved in retelling and understanding the stories of our lives. Throughout she details one woman’s journey through vocabulary and verb tense toward a greater sense of her place in the world.
    Grammar Lessons illustrates the difficulty and delight, humor and humility of living in a new language and of carrying that pivotal experience forward. Michele Morano’s beautifully constructed essays reveal the many grammars and many voices that we collect, and learn from, as we travel.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781587297458
Publisher: University of Iowa Press
Publication date: 04/01/2007
Series: Sightline Books
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 171
File size: 451 KB

About the Author

Michele Morano is an assistant professor in the English department at DePaul University. Her essays have appeared in a variety of literary journals and anthologies, including Best American Essays 2006, Fourth Genre and The Fourth Genre: Contemporary Writers of/on Creative Nonfiction, the Georgia Review, the Missouri Review, Under the Sun, the Crab Orchard Review, and Chicago Public Radio’s 848.

Table of Contents

Preface ix Part One. Oviedo Ca Belefno y The Queimada 18 In the Subjunctive Mood 25 Having Hunger 3j Everyday Lessons p2 On Climbing Pefia Ubifa y9 Body Language 7I Part Two. Madrid, Altamira, Guerni On Dining Alone 8r Motion Sickness YR Authenticity and Artifice 99 The Impossible Overcome zr Part Three. After Spain In Praise of Envy py Fluency 1I Acknowledgments

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