Translingual Identities: Language and the Self in Stefan Heym and Jakov Lind

Translingual Identities: Language and the Self in Stefan Heym and Jakov Lind

by Tamar Steinitz


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The works of translingual writers-those who write in a language other than their native tongue-present a rich field for study, but literary translingualism remains underresearched and undertheorized. In this work Tamar Steinitz explores the psychological effects of translingualism in the works of two authors: the German Stefan Heym (1913-2001) and the Austrian Jakov Lind (1927-2007). Both were forced into exile by the rise of Nazism; both chose English as a language of artistic expression. Steinitz argues that translingualism, which ruptures the perceived link between language and world as the writer chooses between systems of representation, leads to a psychic split that can be expressed in the writer's work as a schizophrenic existence or as a productive doubling of perspective. Movement between languages can thus reflect both the freedom associated with geographical mobility and the emotional price it entails. Reading Lind's and Heym's works within their postwar context, Steinitz proposes these authors as representative models, respectively, of translingualism as loss and fragmentation and translingualism as opportunity and mediation.

Tamar Steinitz teaches English literature at Queen Mary and Goldsmiths colleges, University of London. She has also worked as a literary translator.

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ISBN-13: 9781571135476
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date: 09/03/2013
Series: Studies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture Series , #135
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
In Other Words: Jakov Lind's Translingual Autobiography
Fighting Words: Propaganda and Ideology in Stefan Heym's The Crusaders
The Writer and His Languages
The Wandering Jew

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