By Joshua L. Miller

ISBN-10: 0195336992

ISBN-13: 9780195336993

ISBN-10: 019533700X

ISBN-13: 9780195337006

American literary works written within the heyday of modernism among the Eighteen Nineties and Forties have been playfully, painfully, and ambivalently engaged with language politics. The immigrant waves of the interval fed into writers' aesthetic experimentation; their works, in flip, rewired principles approximately nationwide id in addition to literary shape. Accented the United States looks on the lengthy historical past of English-Only Americanism-the political declare that U.S. electorate needs to communicate a novel, shared American tongue-and strains its motion within the language workshop that's literature. The commonly multi-ethnic set of writers introduced into dialog here-including Gertrude Stein, Jean Toomer, Henry Roth, Nella Larsen, John Dos Passos, Lionel Trilling, Américo Paredes, and Carlos Bulosan-reflect the big demographic shifts occurring in the course of the interwar years. those authors proportion an acute understanding of linguistic standardization whereas additionally following the defamiliarizing sway produced by way of experimentation with invented and wrong literary vernaculars. instead of confirming the powerfully seductive subtext of monolingualism-that those that converse alike are ethically and politically likeminded-multilingual modernists compose literature that speaks to a rustic of man-made syntaxes, singular hybrids, and enduring strangeness.

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