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The Linguistic-Literary Coordinates of English, Creole, and Indonesian Modernism

Christopher GoGwilt

in The Passage of Literature

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199751624
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199866199 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751624.003.0001
The Linguistic-Literary Coordinates of English, Creole, and Indonesian Modernism

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Chapter 1 defines the sense of modernism used in the book and outlines the linguistic-literary coordinates of English, Creole, and Indonesian modernisms. It frames the study to come in terms of the parallel historical formations of the Oxford English Dictionary and the Indonesian language during the turn from the nineteenth to the twentieth century. The second part of the chapter introduces the genealogies of modernism implicit in the work of Conrad, Rhys, and Pramoedya, as these emerge in autobiographical fragments from each writer's work.

Keywords: Joseph Conrad; Jean Rhys; Pramoedya Ananta Toer; modernism; English; Creole; Indonesian; language; oxford english dictionary; a personal record; smile please; the mute's soliloquy

Chapter.  15353 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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