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In Babel's Shadow: Multilingual Literatures, Monolingual States

Brian Lennon


Multilingual literature defies simple translation. Beginning with this insight, this book examines the resistance multilingual literature offers to book publication itself. In readings of G. V. Desani’s All about H. Hatterr, Anthony Burgess’s A Clockwork Orange, Christine Brooke-Rose’s Between, Eva Hoffman’s Lost in Translation, Emine Sevgi Özdamar’s Mutterzunge, and Orhan Pamuk’s Istanbul, among other works, this book shows how nationalized literary print culture inverts the values of a transnational age, reminding us that works of literature are, above all, objects in motion. Looking closely ... More

Keywords: multilingual literature, G. V. Desani, Anthony Burgess, Christine Brooke-Rose, Eva Hoffman, Emine Sevgi Özdamar, Orhan Pamuk, literary journalism, criticism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780816665013
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816665013.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brian Lennon, author