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Monolingualism and Linguistic Exhibitionism in Fiction

Authors: Pandey, Anjali

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How are linguistic wars for global prominence literarily and linguistically inscribed in literature? This book focuses on the increasing presence of cosmetic multilingualism in prize-winning fiction, making a case for an emerging transparent-turn in which momentary multilingualism works in the service of long-term monolingualism.

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Anjali Pandey is Professor of Applied Linguistics at Salisbury University, USA. She is a previous winner of the Vogel Award of Teaching Excellence in North Dakota, recipient of the Welcome Fellowship from the Maryland Higher Education Commission, and three-time winner of discretionary language projects for multilingual newcomers from the United States Department of Education.

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“Monolingualism and Linguistic Exhibitionism in Fiction is a timely, wide-ranging and thought-provoking work that simultaneously reasserts the power of literature and questions its influence on linguistic diversity and (in)tolerance. Because it reminds its readers of the importance of language difference and multilingualism, it will be of interest to a wide range of students and scholars but … it will mostly appeal to those of applied linguistics, multilingualism, stylistics, postcolonial studies and cultural studies.” (Noémie Nélis, English Text Construction, Vol. 10 (1), 2017)

“Pandey’s book is a timely good read for our post-global literary scene. It is a cogent account of linguistic imbalance in literature, literary capital, and canon formation. Interestingly, the book provides an insight into how scholars with a background in linguistics deal with literary materials. … this book can be read as an ardent call for real multilingualism in fiction to help achieve more international communication and a better, symmetrical global interchange.” (Dr. Shadi Neimneh, Arab World English Journal, October, 2016)


'This wide-ranging linguistic and literary exploration of cosmetic multilingualism is a pioneering work, addressing the most neglected and yet the fascinating aspect of language mixing.' - Tej K. Bhatia, Syracuse University, USA

'Pandey is bold in registering the new, 21st-century forms of linguicide. She zeroes in on millennial, prize-winning authors like Adiga, Lahiri, Ali, and Rushdie who, by deploying and marketing token multilingualism and other covert forms of forfeiture in their works, further help hierarchize languages at the expense of 'minor' languages. They delude us with comfortable notions of 'hybridity' while they 're-English' our post-global, 'flat'-worldist era. Pandey's book sends shivers down the spine of postcolonial theorists by sounding the death-knell of planetary linguistic diversity.' - Chantal Zabus, University Paris 13 - Sorbonne Paris Cité, France

'This book by Anjali Pandey confronts us with multilingualism in prize-winning fiction and the questions that this raises. Why are the authors choosing to do so? Is it cosmetic multilingualism or is there more going on? And whatever it is, what are its effects on readers? What does it disrupt? Would literature enable us to cross the divide between monolingualism and multilingualism that human beings have not been capable of? These are some of the important questions that this fascinating book attempts to answer. Pandey destabilizes our traditional notions of literature tied to one language and one nation, as she focuses on the multilingual strategies of the transnational authors that she studies.' - Ofelia García, The Graduate Center, City University of New York, USA

'There is a pressing need for more language-based work in postcolonial literary studies. This lively book helps meet that need with its in-depth study of multilingualism in the context of contemporary brand-conscious postcolonial fiction, which the author provocatively likens to 'literary outsourcing' in the wake of the global turn.' - Graham Huggan, University of Leeds, UK

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • Introduction: Languages in Literature

    Pandey, Anjali

    Pages 1-9

  • The Place of Languages in the Space of Post-Globalism: Bilingualism, Bullhorns, and Blunders

    Pandey, Anjali

    Pages 10-43

  • Award-Cultures in the Era of Post-Globalization: Prize-Winning in a ‘Flat’-World

    Pandey, Anjali

    Pages 44-82

  • In-‘Visible’ Multilingualness: Linguistic Exhibitionism in the Post-Global Turn

    Pandey, Anjali

    Pages 83-124

  • Outsourcing English: Liberty, Linguistic Lust, and Loathing in Aravind Adiga’s The White Tiger

    Pandey, Anjali

    Pages 125-165

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eBook $89.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Monolingualism and Linguistic Exhibitionism in Fiction
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-34036-8
DOI
10.1057/9781137340368
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-34035-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 302
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