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Diglossia and the Linguistic Turn. Flann O'Brien's Philosophy of Language

Flore Coulouma

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Ouvrage publié avec le concours de l'EA 370 Centre de Recherches Anglophones, de l'UFR LCE et de la Commission des Publications de la Commission Recherche de l'Université Paris Nanterre

With Flann O’Brien widely acknowledged as a subversive genius of early postmodernism, Flore Coulouma places the “question of language” at the center of his literary identity. Connecting O’Brien’s philosophy of language to the convoluted structure of his writing, Coulouma demonstrates how bilingualism and an ambiguous relation to language inspired O’Brien’s satirical fiction, while developing narrative oppositions such as orality and literacy, truth and fiction authority and legitimacy, and native and national language(s). Using oppositions to stage O’Brien’s literary representation of the relationship of speakers to their native tongue, this book casts light on his intuitions about the failures and achievements of language, the logic of fiction, the relation between language and knowledge, and the impossibility of a nation cut off from its original tongue finding its linguistic identity.

Number of pages: 240
ISBN-13: 978-1-56478-411-7
Publication date: April 2015
Language: English
  • Flore Coulouma est maîtresse de conférences en linguistique anglaise et en études irlandaises à l'Université Paris Nanterre. Elle est membre du Centre de Recherches Anglophones. 

Introduction - A Note on Wittgenstein
Chapter 1 - Orality, Literacy and the Storytelling Tradition
Chapter 2 - A Philosopher of Ordinary Language: Communication, Cooperation, Irony
Chapter 3 - Identity and Subjectivity:
Interpellation and the Colonial Speaker
Chapter 4 - Knowledge and Fiction, the Illusory Quest for Truth in Language
Chapter 5 - The Language Question: An Irish Conundrum
Conclusion - Flann O’Brien and Littérature mineure: the Cruiskeen Column

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