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Bilingual Aesthetics free pdf An analysis of the changing status of bi- and multi-lingualness in relation to issues of citizenship, ethnicity, and diversity Draws on thinking about humour and language by a range of philosophers and others, including Sigmund Freud, Immanuel Kant, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Hannah Arendt, and Mikhail Bakhtin Learning a second language entails some unease- it requires a willingness to make mistakes and work through misunderstandings. Renowned literary scholar Doris Sommer argues that this inevitable awkwardness should not just be tolerated - it should be embraced. Bilingualism, Sommer contends, is serious fun. In Bilingual Aesthetics she invites readers to make mischief with meaning, to play games with language, and to allow errors to stimulate new ways of thinking. As she says, today's global world has outgrown any one-to-one correlation between a people and a language. Liberal democracies can either encourage difference or stifle it through exclusionary policies. Bilingual Aesthetics is Sommer's passionate call for citizens and officials to cultivate difference, to realise that those precarious points of contact resulting from mismatches between languages, codes, and cultures are the lifeblood of democracy. Sommer draws on thinking about humour and language by a range of philosophers and others, including Sigmund Freud, Immanuel Kant, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Hannah Arendt, and Mikhail Bakhtin. In declaring the merits of allowing for crossed signals, Sommer sends a clear message: Making room for more than one language is about value added, not about remediation. It is an expression of love for a contingent and changing world.

About Doris Sommer

Doris Sommer is Professor of Romance Languages and Literature and Director of Graduate Studies in Spanish at Harvard University. Among her books are Proceed with Caution, When Engaged by Minority Writing in the Americas- Foundational Fictions: The National Romances of Latin America- Bilingual Games: Some Literary Investigations- and The Places of History: Regionalism Revisited in Latin America, published by Duke University Press.

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Author : Doris Sommer
Publisher : Duke University Press
Data Published : 07 April 2004
ISBN : 0822333449
EAN : 9780822333449
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 280 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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