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Author Caplan, Marc.

Title How Strange the Change : Language, Temporality, and Narrative Form in Peripheral Modernisms
Published Palo Alto : Stanford University Press, 2011
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Description 1 online resource (360 pages)
Contents Acknowledgments; Introduction: Apples and Oranges: On Comparing Yiddish and African Literatures; Part One: The Origin of Stories: A Story of Origins; 1. Defining Peripheral Modernism; 2. One Tale, Two Tellers; Conclusion; Part Two: Eyn Kemakh, Eyn Toyre; Eyn Toyre, Eyn Kemak; 3. Haskole and Negritude Compared; 4. Education and Initiation in the Narratives of Haskole and Negritude; Conclusion; Part Three: "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin); Thank You for Talkin' to Me, Africa"; 5. Mendele's Mare and Soyinka's Interpreters
6. Mendele's Benjamin the Third and Kourouma's Suns of IndependenceConlusion; Conclusion: At the Limits of the Periphery: The Future of the "Minor" in Minority Literatures; Notes; Bibliography; Index
Summary In this book, Marc Caplan argues that the literatures of ostensibly marginal modern cultures are key to understanding modernism. Caplan undertakes an unprecedented comparison of nineteenth-century Yiddish literature and twentieth-century Anglophone and Francophone African literature and reveals unexpected similarities between them. These literatures were created under imperial regimes that brought with them processes of modernization that were already well advanced elsewhere. Yiddish and African writers reacted to the liberating potential of modernity and the burdens of imperial authority by c
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ISBN 0804782555