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Beyond the Mother Tongue: The Postmonolingual Condition

Yasemin Yildiz

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780823241309
eISBN:
9780823241347
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823241309.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This book is a study of the workings of a monolingual paradigm and of multilingual attempts to overcome it. It argues that monolingualism—the idea that having just one language is the norm—is a ... More


introduction: Beyond the Mother Tongue?: Multilingual Practices and the Monolingual Paradigm

Yeasemin Yildiz

in Beyond the Mother Tongue: The Postmonolingual Condition

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780823241309
eISBN:
9780823241347
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823241309.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

The introduction provides the historical and conceptual backdrop to the argument that monolingualism is a more recent phenomenon than multilingualism and elaborates on the notion of the ... More


The Uncanny Mother Tongue: Monolingualism and Jewishness in Franz Kafka

Yeasemin Yildiz

in Beyond the Mother Tongue: The Postmonolingual Condition

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780823241309
eISBN:
9780823241347
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823241309.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter discusses the force and the inner contradictions of the monolingual paradigm by taking the situation of early-twentieth-century German-language Jews, whose claims to German as their ... More


The Foreign in the Mother Tongue: Words of Foreign Derivation and Utopia in Theodor W. Adorno

Yeasemin Yildiz

in Beyond the Mother Tongue: The Postmonolingual Condition

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780823241309
eISBN:
9780823241347
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823241309.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter discusses words of foreign derivation (Fremdwörter) as constituting a form of “internal multilingualism,” which writers can potentially mobilize against the monolingual paradigm. It ... More


Detaching from the Mother Tongue: Bilingualism and Liberation in Yoko Tawada

Yeasemin Yildiz

in Beyond the Mother Tongue: The Postmonolingual Condition

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780823241309
eISBN:
9780823241347
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823241309.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter discusses the practice of writing and publishing texts in two different languages. It provides a historical sketch of the prevalence of this practice since the early modern period in ... More


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