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Published: 26 May 2011

432 Pages | 10 illustrations


ISBN: 9780195337006

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Accented America

The Cultural Politics of Multilingual Modernism

Joshua L. Miller

Modernist Literature and Culture

  • A work of broadly comparative American Studies that differentiates among African American, Jewish, Latina/o, and Asian American histories and cultures while finding points of intersection, collaboration, and competition among them
  • Traces a long history of U.S. national language politics and argues that language matters have been a subject of contentious popular and policy debates consistently since the 1890s
  • Uncovers new materials from archival and documentary sources to demonstrate how language politics affected writers like Stein, Larsen, Toomer, Dos Passos, and others
  • Argues boldly for the primacy of language mixing in U.S. literature across historical periods, while claiming a special place in this tradition for the experimentalism of literary modernism