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Dialect of Modernism: Race, Language, & Twentieth-Century Literature

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The Dialect of Modernism uncovers the crucial role of racial masquerade and linguistic imitation in the emergence of literary modernism.

Rebelling against the standard language, and literature written in it, modernists, such as Joseph Conrad, Gertrude Stein, T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, and William Carlos Williams reimagined themselves as racial aliens and mimicked the strategies of dialect speakers in their work. In doing so, they made possible the most radical representational strategies of modern literature, which emerged from their attack on the privilege of standard language.

At the same time, however, another movement, identified with Harlem, was struggling to free itself from the very dialect the modernists appropriated, at least as it had been rendered by two generations of white dialect writers. For writers such as Claude McKay, Jean Toomer, and Zora Neale Hurston, this dialect became a barrier as rigid as the standard language itself.

Thus, the two modern movements, which arrived simultaneously in 1922, were linked and divided by their different stakes in the same language. In The Dialect of Modernism, Michael North shows, through biographical and historical investigation, and through careful readings of major literary works, that however different they were, the two movements are inextricably connected, and thus, cannot be considered in isolation. Each was marked, for good and bad, by the other.

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Michael North is Professor of English at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195122916
Author:
North, Michael
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, Michael
Location:
New York
Subject:
American
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Afro-american authors
Subject:
American literature
Subject:
Literature/English | American Literature | 20th C
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Race and American culture
Series Volume:
C-605
Publication Date:
19980131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4 halftones
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
6.000 x 9.100 in 0.931 lb

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