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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 principles approximately nationwide identification besides literary shape. Accented the United States looks on the lengthy heritage of English-Only Americanism-the political declare that U.S. electorate needs to communicate a novel, shared American tongue-and lines its motion within the language workshop that's literature. The extensively 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 in the course of the interwar years. those authors proportion an acute expertise of linguistic standardization whereas additionally following the defamiliarizing sway produced by means of experimentation with invented and fallacious 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 man-made syntaxes, singular hybrids, and enduring strangeness.

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