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Hiddleston, Jane and Ouyang, Wen-Chin, eds. (2021) Multilingual Literature as World Literature. London: Bloomsbury. (Bloomsbury Literature as World Literature)

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Multilingual Literature as World Literature examines and adjusts current theories and practices of world literature, particularly the conceptions of world, global and local, reflecting on the ways that multilingualism opens up the borders of language, nation and genre, and makes visible different modes of circulation across languages, nations, media and cultures. The contributors to Multilingual Literature as World Literature examine four major areas of critical research. First, by looking at how engaging with multilingualism as a mode of reading makes visible the multiple pathways of circulation, including as aesthetics or poetics emerging in the literary world when languages come into contact with each other. Second, by exploring how politics and ethics contribute to shaping multilingual texts at a particular time and place, with a focus on the local as a site for the interrogation of global concerns and a call for diversity. Third, by engaging with translation and untranslatability in order to consider the ways in which ideas and concepts elude capture in one language but must be read comparatively across multiple languages. And finally, by proposing a new vision for linguistic creativity beyond the binary structure of monolingualism versus multilingualism.

Item Type: Edited Book or Journal Volume
Keywords: Multilingualism, Creativity, World Literature, Comparative Literature, Europe, Asia, Middle East, North America, South America
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics
Subjects: P Language and Literature
ISBN: 9781501360091
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.5040/9781501360121
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2020 14:55
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/33416
Related URLs: https://www.blo ... -9781501360091/ (Publisher URL)
Funders: Arts and Humanities Research Council

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