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Multilingualism and the Twentieth-Century Novel

Polyglot Passages

  • James Reay Williams
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Part of the New Comparisons in World Literature book series (NCWL)

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Introduction

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.

Keywords

Modernism Linguistics Colonialism Postcolonialism Empire Joseph Conrad Jean Rhys Wilson Harris Junot Díaz Heart of Darkness Nostromo Wide Sargasso Sea Novel Europe Caribbean

Authors and affiliations

  • James Reay Williams
    • 1
  1. 1.University of ExeterExeterUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-05810-4
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-05809-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-05810-4
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