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The Dangerous Multilingualism of Junot Díaz

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

Abstract

Williams offers a reading of the bestselling but controversial Dominican-American writer Junot Díaz, which identifies in his work some of the unresolved language politics of empire, decolonisation, totalitarianism and migration. The chapter questions perspectives on Díaz which identify in his multilingualism a democratic, universalist impulse, by instead asserting that Díaz’s writing strategies must be read both as a part of his extensive authorly self-fashioning and the antagonistic relationship he cultivates with both readers and institutions. Williams also argues for a closer consideration of Díaz’s relationship with Caribbean history and philosophy. Ultimately, the chapter suggests that Díaz’s foregrounding of risk, antagonism and violence makes for an aesthetic of ‘dangerous multilingualism’.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of ExeterExeterUK

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