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Bad EnglishLiterature, Multilingualism, and the Politics of Language in Contemporary Britain$
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Rachael Gilmour

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781526108845

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.7765/9781526108852

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Conclusions: ‘Say Parsley’

Conclusions: ‘Say Parsley’

(p.236) Conclusions: ‘Say Parsley’
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Rachael Gilmour

Manchester University Press

The Conclusion discusses the work of French-Norwegian poet and multimedia artist Caroline Bergvall, which challenges the ways in which English is employed in the contemporary moment to patrol the borders of national belonging, and makes the case for its radical openness to other kinds of language. Returning to arguments made in the Introduction and throughout, the Conclusion finishes by turning to the contemporary moment – the run-up to Britain exiting the European Union, and the UK Government’s 2018 Integrated Communities Green Paper – and political and popular discourses that focus on language in the context of anxieties about border security and national belonging. By way of response, it restates the importance of literature’s resistant capabilities, to follow Bergvall in trying to imagine ‘a future perfect of English as language practice’.

Keywords:   Caroline Bergvall, Politics of language, Asylum system, ‘Refugee crisis’, Brexit

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