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English and Mobility: Linguistic and Stylistic Transformations in New Anglophone Literatures


This article investigates the interconnected themes of language, mobility and
identity and their narrative renditions in the anglophone context by providing
an interdisciplinary analysis of some extracts from two recent novels, A Concise
Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers (2008) and We Need New Names (2014),
respectively written by Xiaolu Guo and NoViolet Bulawayo, who resourcefully
elaborate new linguistic and textual forms to express the plural questions of
identity. The helpful notion of ‘language and mobility’ discussed by Pennycook
(2010) lends support to the argument that language, identity and mobility
represent coterminous cultural forces at work in the constant shaping and
changing of the contemporary globalised and postcolonial world


Language and mobility; Language and transformation; Englishes; Identity; Xiaolu Guo; NoViolet Bulawayo

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