Bilingual Games

Some Literary Investigations

  • Editors
  • Doris Sommer

Part of the New Directions in Latino American Cultures book series (NDLAC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Introduction

    1. Doris Sommer
      Pages 1-18
  3. Choices

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Enrique Bernárdez
      Pages 35-49
    3. Ana Celia Zentella
      Pages 51-66
  4. Places

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-67
    2. Juan Flores
      Pages 69-76
    3. Sherry Simon
      Pages 77-86
    4. Réda Bensmaïa
      Pages 87-96
    5. Joshua L. Miller
      Pages 121-145
  5. Genders

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 147-147
    2. Margo Glantz
      Pages 149-161
    3. Gustavo Pérez-Firmat
      Pages 163-176
    4. Benigno Trigo
      Pages 177-191
    5. Esther Whitfield
      Pages 193-201
  6. Double-Barreled Canon

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 203-203
    2. Yunte Huang
      Pages 205-220
    3. Julio Marzán
      Pages 221-234
    4. Julio Ortega
      Pages 235-249
    5. David Suchoff
      Pages 251-274
    6. Greta N. Slobin
      Pages 275-286
  7. Living Investigations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 287-287
    2. Sylvia Molloy
      Pages 289-296
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 297-308

About this book


These essays bring home the most challenging observations of postmodernism-multiple identities, the fragility of meaning, the risks of communication. Sommer asserts that many people normally live-that is, think, feel, create, reason, persuade, laugh-in more than one language. She claims that traditional scholarship (aesthetics; language and philosophy; psychoanalysis, and politics) cannot see or hear more than one language at a time. The goal of these essays is to create a new field: bilingual arts & aesthetics which examine the aesthetic product produced by bilingual diasporic communities. The focus of this volume is the Americas, but examples and theoretical proposals come from Europe as well. In both areas, the issue offers another level of complexity to the migrant and cosmopolitan character of local societies in a global economy.


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