The Dialect of Modernism

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

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The Dialect of Modernism describes the crucial role of racial masquerade and linguistic imitation in the emergence of literary modernism. Revolting against the standard language, modernists reimagined themselves as racial aliens and mimicked the strategies of dialect speakers. At the same time, African-American writers struggled to free themselves from dialect as it had been rendered by white dialect writers.
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  • Paperback | 260 pages
  • 154.9 x 233.7 x 22.9mm | 408.24g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195122917
  • 9780195122916
  • 1,397,346

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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 *
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