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Accented America: The Cultural Politics of Multilingual Modernism

Joshua L. Miller


This book is a study of prominent and less‐familiar works of U.S. literary modernism that reveals a long history of English‐only Americanism: the political claim that U.S. citizens must speak a nationally distinctive form of English. This perspective presents U.S. literary works written between the 1890s and the 1940s as playfully, painfully, and ambivalently engaged with language politics, thereby rewiring both narrative form and national identity. This consideration of the continuing presence of fierce public debates over U.S. English and domestic multilingual cultures demonstrates their sym ... More

Keywords: modernism, multilingual, monolingualism, language politics, literature, novels, nationalism, nativism, race, diaspora

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780195336993
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195336993.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joshua L. Miller, author
University of Michigan
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