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How Strange the Change: Language, Temporality, and Narrative Form in Peripheral Modernisms

Marc Caplan


This book argues that the literatures of ostensibly marginal modern cultures are key to understanding modernism. It undertakes an unprecedented comparison of nineteenth-century Yiddish literature and twentieth-century Anglophone and Francophone African literature and reveals unexpected similarities between them. These literatures were created under imperial regimes that brought with them processes of modernization that were already well advanced elsewhere. Yiddish and African writers reacted to the liberating potential of modernity and the burdens of imperial authority by choosing similar narr ... More

Keywords: Yiddish literature, African literature, imperial regimes, modernity, language, narrative form, literary criticism, Reb Nakhman, Amos Tutola, Isaac Meyer Dik

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780804774765
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804774765.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marc Caplan, author