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Languages of Exile

Migration and Multilingualism in Twentieth-Century Literature

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Axel Englund and Anders Olsson

Languages of Exile examines the relationship between geographic and linguistic border crossings in twentieth-century literature. Like no period before it, the last century was marked by the experience of expatriation, forcing exiled writers to confront the fact of linguistic difference. Literary writing can be read as the site where that confrontation is played out aesthetically – at the intersection between native and acquired language, between indigenous and alien, between self and other – in a complex multilingual dynamic specific to exile and migration.
The essays collected here explore this dynamic from a comparative perspective, addressing the paragons of modernism as well as less frequently studied authors, from Joseph Conrad and Peter Weiss to Agota Kristof and Malika Mokeddem. The essays are international in their approach; they deal with the junctions and gaps between English, French, German, Hungarian, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and other languages. The literary works and practices addressed include modernist poetry and prose, philosophical criticism and autobiography, DADA performance, sound art and experimental music theatre. This volume reveals both the wide range of creative strategies developed in response to the interstitial situation of exile and the crucial role of exile for a renewed understanding of twentieth-century literature.

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Abbott, H. Porter 112–13 accent 26, 40, 43–6, 49–54, 139, 195, 203, 271 see also pronunciation acquired language 1, 9, 11, 17, 41–2, 57, 63, 66, 68, 70, 73–4, 78, 145, 195, 202 Adnan, Etel 122–3 Adorno, Theodor W. 35, 41, 51–2, 55, 78, 277–9 Ankersmit, Frank 10 alterity 55, 61, 71, 74, 78, 136–7, 169–70, 173, 180 see also dif ference anarchism 12, 21–36 animal 18, 26–7, 33, 108–10, 196–9, 267, 270–2, 282–3, 292–300 asylum 17, 25, 29, 231–3, 236, 242 Auschwitz 92, 277–9 see also Holocaust Babel 7–8, 67, 193 Ball, Hugo 186–91 Barnes, Djuna 2 Beckett, Samuel 2, 6, 14, 54, 101, 117–18 Ben Jelloun, Tahar 120, 140 Benchina, Hocine 123–4 Benjamin, Walter 4–5, 276, 281, 296 Berendsohn, Walter 222, 239 Bergvall, Caroline 184, 200 Bhabha, Homi 124, 127–8, 130 bilingualism 38, 68, 145, 149, 245–6, 251, 282 Björling, Gunnar 4 body 27, 63, 135–7, 140, 174, 190, 192–3, 215, 239–40, 295 female 49, 123–4, 128–30, 134, 140, 269–70 body language 63–4, 123–4, 136, 198 borders 1–2, 6, 15, 17–18, 60, 68, 76, 78, 127, 140, 142, 155–7, 171, 182, 237–8, 261–80 Bourriaud, Nicholas 183–4, 193, 195, 197, 199 Boyd, Brian 39, 48 Bradbury, Malcolm 3 Brecht, Bertolt 2, 4 Brodsky, Joseph 7, 10, 30 broken...

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