Literary Multilingualism in Trieste
The Borderland Challenge
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This book focuses on literary multilingualism and specifically on the challenging condition of writing in Trieste, a key European borderland located at the intersection between the Latin, Germanic and Slav civilizations.
By focusing on some of the most representative modern writers operating in the area, such as Italo Svevo, Boris Pahor, Claudio Magris, and James Joyce, this work offers a wide-ranging discussion of multilingual practices deriving from the different language choices made by these writers. Along with the most common manifest strategies, such as code-switching and hybridizations, Deganutti highlights how Triestine writers found innovative latent practices to engage with multilingualism, such as writing in an analogical way or exploiting internal linguistic stratifications. By doing so, they provided an answer to the several linguistic, cultural and even political challenges they were subjected to, with the result of redefining linguistic boundaries, which supposedly clearly separate different tongues.
This book will be of interest to graduate students and researchers and academics interested in literary multilingualism in the fields of sociolinguistics, borderland studies and comparative literature.
Table of Contents
List of illustrations
Notes to the translations
Introduction Languages and Borderlands
Chapter 1 Literary Multilingualism in Borderlands: Theoretical Premises
Chapter 2 The Choice of the First Language
Chapter 3 Poets in Triestino
Chapter 4 Exploiting an Extensive Repertoire
Chapter 5 Writing in the Dominant Language
Conclusions On Literary Borderlanguaging
Appendix: Notes to the poem L’eco del Klutsch
Marianna Deganutti studied in Italy, Slovenia and the UK. She holds a DPhil (PhD) in Modern Languages at the University of Oxford. From 2016 to 2018 she was a Research Associate at the University of Bath, where she worked for the Horizon 2020-funded project UNREST. She has just completed a postdoc at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.