The Vernacular Matters of American Literature

The Vernacular Matters of American Literature

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From this study of Mark Twain, Zora Neale Hurston, and Ana Castillo arises a new model for analyzing American literature that highlights commonalities - one in which colloquial and lyrical style and content speak out against oppression.... responds to the unanswered call to practice a genuinely comparative approach to American studies.3 Instead of a shallow celebration of ... formal and political parallels and distinctions among Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Their Eyes Were Watching God, and So Far from God. ... To better understand this genre, we should first try to answer the question, What is vernacular? ... If applied to linguistic standards today, it is helpful to distinguish between regional dialects and sociolects.

Title:The Vernacular Matters of American Literature
Author: Sieglinde Lemke
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan - 2009-11-24

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