United States Military Academy at West Point Department of Foreign Languages

Liana Pshevorska

While many studies in translingualism focus on the interaction between several languages in the text or the authors’ direct accounts of engaging with a new language, my dissertation, In-Betweenness: Aesthetics and Identity in Contemporary Translingual Francophone Literature, examines the aesthetic implications of translingualism in ways that extend beyond these conventional terms of bilingualism. My project also examines the socioliterary reception of translingual authors in France and their place in a larger debate on world literature in France. Through three case studies – Vassilis Alexakis from Greece, Brina Svit from Slovenia, and Andreï Makine from Russia – I examine the emergence of new aesthetic forms which, while rooted in the tension between native and adopted tongues, also subvert this language binary and its exploitation by marketing forces. My analysis calls for a necessary refinement of current approaches to translingualism in order to account for forms of in-betweenness that have been overlooked in the shadow of the bilingual lens.

Publications

“L’Ignorance de Milan Kundera: Pour en finir avec le Grand Retour odysséen?”
    “La francophonie translingue,” A. Ausoni (dir.), Interfrancophonies. n. 9, 2018 (pdf)

“Comment ils se voient? Les jeux exophones de Vassilis Alexakis’ and d’Andreï Makine”
    Intercâmbio : Revue d’Études Françaises. French Studies Journal pp. 103, 2018 (pdf)

Book Reviews

Evil: A History in Modern French Literature and Thought. by Damian Catani.
    AmeriQuests: Nature, Law and Society  11:1, 2014 (link)

Gender in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe. ed. by M. G. Murayeva, R. M. Toivo.
    MLN, vol. 129 no. 5, pp. 1244-1247, 2014

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