Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Bad English – Literature, Multilingualism, and the Politics of Language in Contemporary Britain - Manchester Scholarship Online
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Bad English: Literature, Multilingualism, and the Politics of Language in Contemporary Britain

Rachael Gilmour

Abstract

At a time when monolingualist claims for the importance of ‘speaking English’ to the national order continue louder than ever, even as language diversity is increasingly part of contemporary British life, literature becomes a space to consider the terms of linguistic belonging. Bad English examines writers including Tom Leonard, James Kelman, Suhayl Saadi, Raman Mundair, Daljit Nagra, Xiaolu Guo, Leila Aboulela, Brian Chikwava, and Caroline Bergvall, who engage multilingually, experimentally, playfully, and ambivalently with English’s power. Considering their invented vernaculars and mixed idi ... More

Keywords: Contemporary literature, Multilingual literature, British literature, Language in Britain, English language, Black British literature, British Asian literature, Scottish literature, Politics of language

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781526108845
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.7765/9781526108852

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rachael Gilmour, author
Queen Mary, University of London