10 May 2010

Patois and Linguistic Pastiche in Modern Literature

Here is a list of the essays in the book Patois and Linguistic Pastiche in Modern Literature (2007), edited by Giovanna Summerfield:

Introduction, by Giovanna Summerfield
Literary Synglossia: Vincenzo Consolo, Andrea Camilleri, Pietro Di Donato, Corrado Paina, by Jana Vizmuller-Zocco
Luciano Bianciardi and the Anarchy of Language: From the Risorgimento to the “Boom” Years, by Mark Pietralunga
Riccobene’s Nun mi maritu ppi procura: The Italian Canadian Linguistic Pastiches in a Comedy of Errors, by Salvatore Bancheri
Misrecognition unmasked? “Polynomic” Language, Expert Statuses and Orthographic Practices in Corsican Schools, by Alexandra Jaffe
Change and Variety in the Mosaic of German Dialects, by Iulia Pittman
“C’est une joie et une souffrance”: Mimetic Speech and Generic Pastiche in François Ozon’s 8 femmes, by Adrienne Angelo

The book is a major contribution to multilingual literary criticism.  Here is its rationale, as expressed by its editor:

"In modern literature dialect, patois, and linguistic pastiche have proved to be the marks of identity, of individual and regional nature.  Paraphrasing the words of Luigi Pirandello, one tends to use the standard national language to express a rational concept, while one opts to use one’s regional dialect for matters closer to the heart. The literary tradition has always accepted language mixing. Linguists and literary critics have analyzed this phenomenon from different perspectives, separately. An in-depth cooperative study of the causes, conditions, consequences, and limits of language mixing is still needed. Through a plurality of literary subjects, perspectives, and linguistic environments, this publication provides an overview of the linguistic and cultural contributions which underline, in turn, the importance of dialect use and conservation. This book recognizes the international and topical scope of interest in the academia and the public at large through the contributions made by the authors of the respective essays, who come from various parts of the world and from a wide range of disciplines, and also through the international and topical importance of the perspectives offered by these contributions."

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