Languages of the Night: Minor Languages and the Literary Imagination in Twentieth-Century Ireland and Europe

Available for Special Order
Languages of the Night: Minor Languages and the Literary Imagination in Twentieth-Century Ireland and Europe
$63.00
In the first decades of the twentieth century, rural populations throughout Europe changed the language they used in everyday life, abandoning their traditional vernaculars--such as French patois, local Italian dialects, and the Irish language--in favor of major metropolitan languages such as French, Italian, and English. .

In this book, Barry McCrea argues that the sudden linguistic homogenization of the European countryside was a key impulse in the development of literary modernism. The decline of rural vernaculars caused these languages to become the objects of powerful longings and projections. Se n R ord in in Ireland and Pier Paolo Pasolini in Italy reshaped minor languages for use as private idioms of poetry; the revivalist idealization of Irish as a lost utopian language deeply affected the work of James Joyce; the disappearing dialects of northern France seemed to Marcel Proust to offer an escape from time itself.

Drawing on a broad range of linguistic and cultural examples to present a major reevaluation of the sources and meanings of European literary modernism, Barry McCrea shows how metropolitan literary culture was fundamentally shaped by the vanishing vernaculars of the European countryside.

ISBN: 
9780300185157
Author: 
Publisher: 
Binding: 
Hardcover
Publication Date: 
April 28, 2015