The Dialect of Modernism

The Dialect of Modernism : Race, Language and Twentieth-century Literature

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This treatise describes the crucial role of racial masquerade and linguistic imitation in the emergence of literary modernism. It describes how modernists have rebelled against the standard image, reimagining themselves as racial aliens and mimicking the strategies of dialect speakers. At the same time, African-American writers have struggled to free themselves from dialect as it has been rendered by white dialect writers.show more

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  • Hardback | 261 pages
  • 157.48 x 236.22 x 25.4mm | 544.31g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • halftones
  • 0195085167
  • 9780195085167

About Michael North

About the Author: Michael North is Professor of English at the University of California, Los Angeles.show more

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"All readers...will be hard-pressed to deny North's revisionary insight for twentieth-century literary studies: black dialect as performance is an unrecognized bridge between modernism and the Harlem Renaissance. With North's generative paradigm, we can examine the movements together in new ways."--American Literature"[A] long overdue study....This may be the most significant rereading of traditional American modernists in years."--South Atlantic Review"Michael North's new book makes an indispensable contribution to the study of transatlantic modernism....Of the many recent attempts to historicize modernism, North's stands out as what will surely become an enduring model of literary and sociological analysis."--Novelshow more

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