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In Babel's Shadow: Multilingual Literatures, Monolingual States (Hardback)
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In Babel's Shadow: Multilingual Literatures, Monolingual States (Hardback)

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Hardback 256 Pages / Published: 19/05/2010
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Multilingual literature defies simple translation. Beginning with this insight, Brian Lennon examines the resistance multilingual literature offers to book publication itself. In readings of G. V. Desani\u2019s All about H. Hatterr, Anthony Burgess\u2019s A Clockwork Orange, Christine Brooke-Rose\u2019s Between, Eva Hoffman\u2019s Lost in Translation, Emine Sevgi \u00d6zdamar\u2019s Mutterzunge, and Orhan Pamuk\u2019s Istanbul, among other works, Lennon shows how nationalized literary print culture inverts the values of a transnational age, reminding us that works of literature are, above all, objects in motion. Looking closely at the limit of both multilingual literary expression and the literary journalism, criticism, and scholarship that comments on multilingual work, In Babel\u2019s Shadow presents a critical reflection on the fate of literature in a world gripped by the crisis of globalization.

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
ISBN: 9780816665013
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 485 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 22 mm


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"In Babel's Shadow is at once an important contribution to translation studies, a pointed intervention in current debates on world literature, and a searching meditation on the politics of literary study today. Through incisive readings of a wide range of multilingual writers and critics, Brian Lennon brilliantly unfolds the challenges that `strong plurilingualism' poses to readers, publishers, and critics alike. In Babel's Shadow will make sobering-and inspiring-reading for anyone interested in the politics of literature in a multilingual world." -David Damrosch, Harvard University

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