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10 Feb 2012
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Whether myth, novel or fairy-story, part of the human condition is to tell stories about ourselves and our society. This book focuses on stories of contemporary, European-born authors who have lived 'in-between' two or more languages and experienced different cultural and linguistic environments. Drawing on a strong theoretical framework, the book explores the human desire to find one's 'own place' in new cultural contexts and the role of language in shaping a sense of belonging in society. The research draws substantially on original life narrative interviews with writers who write at the 'cutting edge' of languages. These oral narratives are supplemented with published memoirs in English, French, German and Irish. Throughout the author reflects on her own fieldwork as a temporary migrant in Germany.


Description

Whether myth, novel or fairy-story, part of the human condition is to tell stories about ourselves and our society. This book focuses on stories of contemporary, European-born authors who have lived 'in-between' two or more languages and experienced different cultural and linguistic environments. Drawing on a strong theoretical framework, the book explores the human desire to find one's 'own place' in new cultural contexts and the role of language in shaping a sense of belonging in society. The research draws substantially on original life narrative interviews with writers who write at the 'cutting edge' of languages. These oral narratives are supplemented with published memoirs in English, French, German and Irish. Throughout the author reflects on her own fieldwork as a temporary migrant in Germany.


Reviews

"The study presented in the book is interesting for its interdisciplinary or, more precisely, transdisciplinary outlook and the insightful stories that may be creatively re-interpreted by different readers/scholars. It thus contributes not only to such fields as (linguistic or literary) anthropology and second-language acquisition, but is also a very enlightening source for literary studies, diaspora studies, (cross-)cultural studies, place studies, translation studies, language philosophy, and so on." - Hou-Song, Zhejiang University, China


Contents

Acknowledgements
Preface 
Out of Place?
Narrative Journeys
Word and World
The Web of Family Relationships
Self and Other in Dialogue
Cultural Patterns and Belonging
Interculturality and Creativity
Select Bibliography
Index


Authors

MÁIRÉAD NIC CRAITH is based at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland. Author and editor of thirteen books, she was joint winner of the 2004 Ruth Michaelis-Jena Ratcliff research prize. She was elected to the Royal Irish Academy in 2009 and has held visiting positions in Ireland, the UK and Germany.