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Bilingual Aesthetics: A New Sentimental Education

Bilingual Aesthetics: A New Sentimental Education - 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-0822333449

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ISBN13: 978-0822333449
ISBN10: 0822333449
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 04
Publisher: Duke University Press
Published: 2004
International: No

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Bilingual Aesthetics: A New Sentimental Education - 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-0822333449

Doris Sommer

ISBN13: 978-0822333449
ISBN10: 0822333449
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 04
Publisher: Duke University Press

Published: 2004
International: No
Summary

Knowing a second language entails some unease; it requires a willingness to make mistakes and work through misunderstandings. The renowned literary scholar Doris Sommer argues that feeling funny is good for you, and for society. In Bilingual Aesthetics Sommer invites readers to make mischief with meaning, to play games with language, and to allow errors to stimulate new ways of thinking. Today's global world has outgrown any one-to-one correlation between a people and a language; liberal democracies can either encourage difference or stifle it through exclusionary policies. Bilingual Aesthetics is Sommer's passionate call for citizens and officials to cultivate difference and to realize that the precarious points of contact resulting from mismatches between languages, codes, and cultures are the lifeblood of democracy, as well as the stimulus for aesthetics and philosophy.

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