How many today live in a language that is not their own? 

“How many today live in a language that is not their own? Or no longer, or not yet, even know their own and know poorly the major language that they are forced to serve? This is the problem of immigrants, and especially of their children, the problem of minorities, the problem of a minor literature, but also a problem for all of us: how to tear a minor literature away from its own language, allowing it to challenge the language and making it follow a sober revolutionary path? How to become a nomad and an immigrant and a gypsy in relation to one’s own language?” –  Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari

Quoted, p.12 Martha J. Cutter (2009) ‘Editor’s Introduction: Translation and alternative forms of literacy.’ MELUS 34(4) Winter, pp.5-13. [quote originally taken from Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari 1986 Kafka: Toward a minor literature]

NB also on the same topic, Cutter states that “inscription into language – that is, language socialization – is a key theme in ethnic literature; the process of attaining voice within the dominant culture often reveals how individuals are caught between cultures and tongues.” (P.8 Cutter)


About backyardbooks

This blog is a kind of electronic storage locker for ideas and quotes that inform my research... literary research into fiction for young adults (with a special focus on New Zealand fiction). Kiwis are producing amazing literature for younger readers, but it isn't getting the academic appreciation it deserves. I hope readers of this blog can make use of the material I gather and share by way of promoting our fiction. Cheers!
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