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The Politics of Langauge in World Literature
My research hopes to examine how French and English-speaking novelists outside of France and England have reclaimed and transformed these conventionally elite languages as vehicles of anti-imperialist protest. Using as a theoretical springboard the manifesto Pour une “littérature-monde” en français (Le Bris 2007), according to which World Literature is neither universal nor homogenised in the way some theorists suggest, my research argues that contemporary World Literature is a site of resistance that de-stabilises traditional, literary canons. By exploring the politics of language in these two contexts, I hope to re-situate World Literature as a strategic site of ethical and aesthetic intervention, where the languages of French and English have the potential to become linguistically deterritorialised from their nation states.
Laura Kennedy (Participant)06 Mar 2021
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