New Comparisons in World Literature

Multilingualism and the Twentieth-Century Novel

Polyglot Passages

Authors: Williams, James

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  • Proposes a different chronology to established periodisations of twentieth-century literature
  • Explores the potential of the novel to account for multilingualism
  • Consider the response multilingualism offers to a history of colonialism
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This book argues that the Anglophone novel in the twentieth century is, in fact, always multilingual. Rooting its analysis in modern Europe and the Caribbean, it recognises that monolingualism, not multilingualism, is a historical and global rarity, and argues that this fact must inform our study of the novel, even when it remains notionally Anglophone. Drawing principally upon four authors – Joseph Conrad, Jean Rhys, Wilson Harris and Junot Díaz – this study argues that a close engagement with the novel reveals a series of ways to apprehend, depict and theorise various kinds of language diversity. In so doing, it reveals the presence of the multilingual as a powerful shaping force for the direction of the novel from 1900 to the present day which cuts across and complicates current understandings of modernist, postcolonial and global literatures.

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James Reay Williams holds a PhD from Queen Mary University of London, UK, and has lectured at Queen Mary and the University of Exeter.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • Introduction: Multilingualism, Modernism and the Novel

    Pages 1-32

    Williams, James Reay

  • Post/Colonial Linguistics: Language Effects and Empire in Heart of Darkness and Nostromo

    Pages 33-72

    Williams, James Reay

  • Lost for Words in London and Paris: Language Performance in Jean Rhys’s Cities

    Pages 73-107

    Williams, James Reay

  • Self, Dialect and Dialogue: The Multilingual Modernism of Wilson Harris

    Pages 109-150

    Williams, James Reay

  • The Dangerous Multilingualism of Junot Díaz

    Pages 151-193

    Williams, James Reay

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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Multilingualism and the Twentieth-Century Novel
Book Subtitle
Polyglot Passages
Authors
Series Title
New Comparisons in World Literature
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-05810-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-05810-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-05809-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 202
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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