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[Im]pure : Investigating the Relationship between Language and Nation in Amin Maalouf's Les Identites meurtrieres and Milan Kundera's Le Livre du rire et de l'oubli

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Title: [Im]pure : Investigating the Relationship between Language and Nation in Amin Maalouf's Les Identites meurtrieres and Milan Kundera's Le Livre du rire et de l'oubli
Author: Miller, Becky
Advisor: Seyhan, Azade; Miller, Jerry
Department: Bi-College (Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges). Comparative Literature Program
Type: Thesis (B.A.)
Issue Date: 2010
Honors: Barbara Riley Levin Prize 2010
Abstract: Transnational writers have moved far beyond conventional notions of bilingual writing and have come to occupy a different status with regard to the role of the nation in determining personal identity. We must examine this significance of choosing a non-native language — in this essay French — in the face of a progressively more interconnected world. While the globalized and industrialized nature of the contemporary age, political and commercial concerns undoubtedly factor into an author's choice of writing language. This paper examines language as a mode of both representing an experience and commenting on the method of conveying that narrative. Amin Maalouf's Les Identites meurtrieres and Milan Kundera's Le Livre du rire et de l'oubli elucidate the essential multiplicity of perspectives and allegiances exemplified by the hybridized texts of transnational writers.
Subject: Kundera, Milan. Kniha smíchu a zapomnění. French
Subject: Multilingualism and literature
Subject: Literature and transnationalism
Subject: Maalouf, Amin -- Criticism and interpretation
Subject: Maalouf, Amin. Identités meurtrière
Subject: Kundera, Milan -- Criticism and interpretation
Terms of Use: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/us/
Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10066/5591

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Miller, Becky. "[Im]pure : Investigating the Relationship between Language and Nation in Amin Maalouf's Les Identites meurtrieres and Milan Kundera's Le Livre du rire et de l'oubli". 2010. Available electronically from http://hdl.handle.net/10066/5591.

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