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Introduction

Mari Yoshihara and Juliet Winters Carpenter

in The Fall of Language in the Age of English

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231163026
eISBN:
9780231538541
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231163026.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This introductory chapter analyzes Minae Mizumura's The Fall of Language in the Age of English, a novel that received a rather polarizing reception due to its underlying theme. The novel tackles the ... More


Under the Blue Sky of Iowa: Those who Write in their Own Language

Minae Mizumura

in The Fall of Language in the Age of English

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231163026
eISBN:
9780231538541
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231163026.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter describes Minae Mizumura's stay in Iowa as part of the International Writing Program of the University of Iowa, a program designed to give foreign writers a taste of university life in ... More


From Par Avion to Via Air Mail: The Fall of French

Minae Mizumura

in The Fall of Language in the Age of English

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231163026
eISBN:
9780231538541
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231163026.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter explores how the English language supplanted the French language in becoming the most dominant language. It first looks into how the French language became the most revered language in ... More


People Around the World Writing in External Languages

Minae Mizumura

in The Fall of Language in the Age of English

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231163026
eISBN:
9780231538541
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231163026.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter presents Minae Mizumura's arguments regarding external language—that people, since discovering language, did not read and write the language they spoke, and that they communicated ... More


The Birth of Japanese as a National Language

Minae Mizumura

in The Fall of Language in the Age of English

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231163026
eISBN:
9780231538541
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231163026.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines the development of Japanese as a national language in the early twentieth century. It presents Minae Mizumura's three conditions that had enabled the rise of the Japanese ... More


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