Issue Details: First known date: 2015... 2015 Involuntary Dissent : The Minority Voice of Translingual Life Writers
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With reference to Eva Hoffman's Lost in Translation (1989) and four other texts I examine how translingual writers represent experiences of bringing what Hoffman calls 'terms from elsewhere' into dominant cultural dialogues. Alongside Hoffman's memoir I consider Bulgarian-French philosopher Tzvetan Todorov's Bilinguisme, dialogisme et schizophrenie (1985), Indian-born US writer Ginu Kamani's Code Switching (2000), Russian-born Australian journalist Irene Ulman's Playgrounds and Battlegrounds (2007) and French-Australian novelist Catherine Rey's To Make a Prairie it Takes a Clover and One Bee (2013). For all the diversity of translingual trajectories these 5 texts represent, there are conspicuous parallels between their accounts of speaking in a 'minority voice'. My focus is on experiences of involuntary dissent, a form of ambivalent group membership, which constitutes a significant and critically overlooked aspect of translingual identity. [Author's abstract]

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    y L2 Journal Special Issue on Literary Translingualism : Multilingual Identity and Creativity vol. 7 no. 1 Steven G. Kellman (editor), Natasha Lvovich (editor), 2015 8367184 2015 periodical issue 2015 pg. 18-29
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