By Joshua L. Miller

American literary works written within the heyday of modernism among the Eighteen 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 in addition to literary shape. Accented the USA looks on the lengthy heritage of English-Only Americanism-the political declare that U.S. voters needs to converse a novel, shared American tongue-and strains 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 through the interwar years. those authors percentage an acute knowledge of linguistic standardization whereas additionally following the defamiliarizing sway produced by means of experimentation with invented and wrong literary vernaculars. instead of confirming the powerfully seductive subtext of monolingualism-that those that converse alike are ethically and politically likeminded-multilingual modernists compose literature that speaks to a rustic of artificial syntaxes, singular hybrids, and enduring strangeness.

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