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By Joshua L. Miller

American literary works written within the heyday of modernism among the Nineties and Nineteen Forties have been playfully, painfully, and ambivalently engaged with language politics. The immigrant waves of the interval fed into writers' aesthetic experimentation; their works, in flip, rewired rules approximately nationwide id besides literary shape. Accented the USA looks on the lengthy historical past of English-Only Americanism-the political declare that U.S. electorate needs to converse a novel, shared American tongue-and lines its motion within the language workshop that's literature. The largely multi-ethnic set of writers introduced into dialog here-including Gertrude Stein, Jean Toomer, Henry Roth, Nella Larsen, John Dos Passos, Lionel Trilling, Américo Paredes, and Carlos Bulosan-reflect the large demographic shifts happening in the course of the interwar years. those authors percentage an acute information of linguistic standardization whereas additionally following the defamiliarizing sway produced by means of experimentation with invented and mistaken literary vernaculars. instead of confirming the powerfully seductive subtext of monolingualism-that those that communicate alike are ethically and politically likeminded-multilingual modernists compose literature that speaks to a rustic of man-made syntaxes, singular hybrids, and enduring strangeness.

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