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ENGL5846M
Literature and the Politics of Language

Literature and the Politics of Language, 2017/18, Semester 2
Professor Tony Crowley
T.Crowley@leeds.ac.uk
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Literature and the Politics of Language

Professor Tony Crowley

t.crowley@leeds.ac.uk (House 5 G.02)

This module will explore the relations between literature and the politics of language from the Renaissance to the present and investigate how specific literary texts engage with linguistic debates concerned with identity, power, and value. In the course seminars we will consider theoretical and literary texts together in order to think through particular issues.

Course texts:

Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale (1985) any edition.

Rey Chow, Not like a native speaker : on languaging as a postcolonial experience ISBN: 9780231522717 (e-book); 9780231151450 (pbk. : alk. paper); 9780231151443 (cloth : alk. paper); 0231151446 (cloth : alk. paper); 0231151454 (pbk. : alk. paper); 0231522711: On Languaging as a Postcolonial Experience (New York, Columbia University Press, 2014).

Brian Friel, Translations (London, Faber, 1981).

Brian Friel, Making History (1985)

Niall Griffiths, Kelly + Victor ISBN: 0099422050(pbk.) : £6.99 (London, Vintage, 2003).

James Joyce, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916) any edition.

James Joyce, Ulysses (1922) any edition.

R.B. Sheridan, The Rivals (1775) any edition.

Texts marked with an asterisk (below) will be provided through the VLE.

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Seminar Topics:

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    Language, history, naming

 Brian Friel, Translations (1981).

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 2. Language, history, truth

 Brian Friel, Making History (1985)

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    English and the contest of language

 Ben Jonson, The Poetaster (1601)*

 Mikhail Bakhtin, ‘Unitary Language’* (1934-5), from The Dialogic Imagination (1981).

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    Fixing the language

 Jonathan Swift, A Proposal for Correcting, Improving and Ascertaining the English Tongue*(1712)

 Samuel Johnson, The Plan of a Dictionary of the English Language* (1747)

 Mikhail Bakhtin, ‘Unitary Language’* (1934-5), from The Dialogic Imagination (1981).

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 5. Women and legitimate language

 Thomas Sheridan, A Course of Lectures on Elocution* (1762)

 R.B. Sheridan, The Rivals (1775)

 Pierre Bourdieu, ‘The Production and Reproduction of Legitimate Language’*, from Language and symbolic power ISBN: 074561034x (pbk); 0745600972 (1992). Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

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    Familiar and foreign words

 William Shakespeare, King Henry the Fifth*

 Ben Jonson, The Irish Masque at Court* (1613) - Available online: https://www.wwnorton.com/college/english/nael/17century/topic_4/jonson.htm

 James Joyce, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916)

 Rey Chow, ‘Not Like a Native Speaker: The Postcolonial Scene of Languaging and the Proximity of the Xenophone’, from Not like a native speaker : on languaging as a postcolonial experience ISBN: 9780231522717 (e-book); 9780231151450 (pbk. : alk. paper); 9780231151443 (cloth : alk. paper); 0231151446 (cloth : alk. paper); 0231151454 (pbk. : alk. paper); 0231522711 (2014)

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    Translating the language of history

 Douglas Hyde, The Necessity for De-Anglicising Ireland *(1892) - Available online: http://www.gaeilge.org/deanglicising.html

 Chinua Achebe, ‘The African Writer and the English Language’*, from Morning yet on creation day : essays ISBN: 0435180266 : £3.00 (1975) Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

 Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, ‘The Language of African Literature’*, from Decolonising the mind : the politics of language in African literature (1986). Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

 Brian Friel, Translations (1981);

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    Language and Power

 Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale (1985)

 V.N. Volosinov, ‘Multiaccentuality and the sign’ and ‘Theme and Meaning’, ‘from Marxism and the Philosophy of Language* (1929). - Available online: https://monoskop.org/images/8/86/Volosinov_VN_Marxism_and_the_Philosophy_of_Language.pdf

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    The (im)possibility of dialect writing

 Niall Griffiths, Kelly + Victor ISBN: 0099422050(pbk.) : £6.99 (2003)

 Asif Agha, ‘The social life of cultural value’*, Language and Communication. ISSN: 0271-5309, 23 (2003).

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    Languaging in and out of history

 James Joyce, ‘Oxen of the Sun’, Ulysses (1922); selections from Finnegans Wake* (1939).

This list was last updated on 09/01/2018