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Simon Kovesi

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780719070969

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719070969.001.0001

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Translated Accounts (2001) and You Have to be Careful in the Land of the Free (2004)

Translated Accounts (2001) and You Have to be Careful in the Land of the Free (2004)

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(p.167) 6 Translated Accounts (2001) and You Have to be Careful in the Land of the Free (2004)
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James Kelman
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Simon Kővesi

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719070969.003.0006

This chapter takes a look at two more of Kelman's novels, namely Translated Accounts and You Have to be Careful in the Land of the Free, first examining the type of language Kelman uses in his fiction, namely ‘dialect’ and ‘vernacular’. This area of Kelman's work has been hotly contested by both cultural commentators and academics. The chapter then introduces Kelman's novels Translated Accounts and You Have to be Careful in the Land of the Free, where he approaches the violence of nationality through two very different frames, although he confronts language varieties in both novels. It also studies the suspicion of foreigners that is addressed in these novels.

Keywords:   language, dialect, vernacular, cultural commentators, academics, violence of nationality, language varieties, suspicion of foreigners

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