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Nimble Tongues is a collection of essays that continues Steven G. Kellman's work in the fertile field of translingualism, focusing on the phenomenon of switching languages. A series of investigations and reflections rather than a single thesis, the collection is perhaps more akin in its aims—if not accomplishment—to George Steiner’s Extraterritorial: Papers on Literature and the Language Revolution or Umberto Eco’s Travels in Hyperreality. Topics covered include the significance of translingualism; translation and its challenges; immigrant memoirs; the autobiographies that Ariel Dorfman wrote in English and Spanish, respectively; the only feature film ever made in Esperanto; Francesca Marciano, an Italian who writes in English; Jhumpa Lahiri, who has abandoned English for Italian; Ilan Stavans, a prominent translingual author and scholar; Hugo Hamilton, a writer who grew up torn among Irish, German, and English; Antonio Ruiz-Camacho, a Mexican who writes in English; and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a multilingual text.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. Does Translingualism Matter?
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  1. Writer Speaks with Forked Tongue: Interlingual Predicaments
  2. pp. 16-32
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  1. Promiscuous Tongues: Erotics of Translingualism and Translation
  2. pp. 33-45
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  1. Writing South and North: Ariel Dorfman’s Linguistic Ambidexterity
  2. pp. 46-58
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  1. Alien Autographs: How Translators Make Their Marks
  2. pp. 59-76
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  1. Translingual Memoirs of the New American Immigration
  2. pp. 77-88
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  1. Incubus and the Esperanto Movie Industry
  2. pp. 89-99
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  1. An Italian in English: The Translingual Case of Francesca Marciano
  2. pp. 100-112
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  1. Hugo Hamilton’s Language War
  2. pp. 113-125
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  1. Jhumpa Lahiri Goes Italian
  2. pp. 126-133
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  1. Linguaphobia and Its Resistance in America
  2. pp. 134-145
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  1. Omnilingual Aspirations: The Case of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  2. pp. 146-166
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  1. Glossary
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  1. Works Cited
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  1. Index
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  1. About the Author
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