Bilingual Games: Some Literary Investigations by D. Sommer

By D. Sommer

Those essays carry domestic the main hard observations of postmodernism—multiple identities, the fragility of that means, the dangers of conversation. Sommer asserts that many folks as a rule live—that is, imagine, consider, create, cause, convince, laugh—in multiple language. She claims that conventional scholarship (aesthetics; language and philosophy; psychoanalysis, and politics) can't see or listen a couple of language at a time. The aim of those essays is to create a brand new box: bilingual arts & aesthetics which learn the cultured product produced through bilingual diasporic groups. the point of interest of this quantity is the Americas, yet examples and theoretical proposals come from Europe to boot. In either components, the difficulty bargains one other point of complexity to the migrant and cosmopolitan personality of neighborhood societies in a world economic system.

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But the unity of the nation was also maintained because they all were strictly regional poets who limited themselves to regional subjects. 13 I will not dwell on Gabriel y Galán (El Cristu benditu), whose Extremeñas are his only dialectic work and one of extremely few attempts to write in this or any other dialect of Castilian Spanish. All this amounts to saying that Spain’s great, eternal (and false) unity is not endangered by these or other writers who confirm the rebirth of Spanish literature in the non-Castilian languages.

New Haven, CT: Yale University press, 1946. Karcevskij, Serge. ” In Peter Steiner, ed. The Prague School: Selected Writings, 1929–1946. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1982. Trans. Wendy Steiner. Tolstoy, Leo. War and Peace. Ed. Henry Gifford; trans. Louise and Aylmer Maude. New York: Oxford University Press, 1921. Reprint, 1991. 2 Is Monolingualism Possible? Enrique Bernárdez The Problem In present-day Spain, bilingualism is a problem in many respects, including literary: Writers can be (and are) sometimes the object of attack due to their linguistic choice.

Perhaps Samuel Beckett was closer to the truth of language when he joked that in the beginning was the pun. But if it is the case, as it seems, that the primordial nature of language is relational and doubled, the question has to arise: Why have so many for so long been deluded by (or have sought to delude others into believing) the chimera of a single language? The reason, as I have tried to suggest, is to be found in confusion about what is meant when the fraught word language is invoked. In pondering the meaning of the term, the somewhat fuzzy philosophy I sketched above that sees language as primordially doubled (at least) finds unexpected support in an emerging consensus among linguists, especially those linguists who pride themselves on being hardheaded pragmatists suspicious of all “philosophical” claims.

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