Readership: Readers of American Quarterly, PMLA, American Literature, American Literary History, MLQ, ELN, Callaloo,
American Speech; scholars of modernist studies; those interested in American vernacular and writers like Gertrude Stein, John Dos Passos, H. L. Mencken, Nella Larsen, and others.
Joshua L. Miller, Associate Professor of English, University of Michigan
Joshua L. Miller is Associate Professor of English at the University of Michigan where he teaches courses in twentieth-century U.S. literature and visual culture. He has written broadly on language politics, transnational modernism, and photography. He is currently at work on a book on twentieth-century photo-text collaborations and a collection of essays on translation, new media, global English, and cultural critique.
"this book is absolutely indispensable for any future consideration of how the experimental languages of American modernism negotiated and helped shape the complex language politics of the early twentieth century. Its combination of lucid and scholarly cultural historicism and agile close readings of verbal texture is exemplary. I can foresee using this in graduate seminars for years to come." - Mark Whalan, Literature & History
Series Editors' Foreword
Introduction: "every kind of mixing"
1.: Reinventing vox Americana
Language, Hygiene, and National Security
Mencken and the Cultural Work of Polemical Philology
Contemporary "American" as Standard Vernacular
2.: Documenting "American"
"A Standardization Not Imposed But Voluntarily Accepted"
3.: Foreignizing "english"
The Making of Americans' Speech: Stein's Aural "english"
Multilingual Fusion and the Limits of Cosmopolitan Expression: Dos Passos's U.S.A.
Locutions of Dislocation and the Political Uses of Despair
4.: Vernacularizing Silence
"Flesh of their Language"
"Been Shapin Words T Fit M Soul": Toomer's Cane
5.: Translating "Englitch"
"Kent'cha Tuck Englitch?": Linguistic Dissonance in Call It Sleep
"The Purpose of Jewish Life is Cultural, is it not?": The Politics of Trilling's Style
The Return of the Depressed
6.: Spanglicizing Modernism
U.S. Empire and Imposed Syntax
"Born a Foreigner in his Native Land": Paredes and Binational Speech
"Citizenship, then, is the basis of all this misunderstanding?": Bulosan's America
Idioms of Annexation
Conclusion: "say something american if you dare"