Thou Shalt Not Speak My Language (Middle East Literature in Translation) (Paperback)

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It has been said that the difference between and language and a dialect is that a language is a dialect with an army. Both the act of translation and bilingualism are steeped in a tension between surrender and conquest, yielding conscious and unconscious effects on language. Thou Shall Not Speak My Language explores this tension in his address of the dynamics of literary influence and canon formation within the Arabic literary tradition. As one of the Arab world's most original and provocative literary critics, Kilito challenges the reader to reexamine contemporary notions of translation, bilingualism, postcoloniality, and the discipline of comparative literature. Wail S. Hassan's superb translation makes Thou Shalt Not Speak My Language available to an English audience for the first time, capturing the charm and elegance of the original in a chaste and seemingly effortless style.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780815635604
ISBN-10: 0815635605
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Publication Date: August 10th, 2017
Pages: 128
Language: English
Series: Middle East Literature in Translation