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

  • Esterino Adami Università di Torino
Keywords: Language and mobility, Language and transformation, Englishes, Identity, Xiaolu Guo, NoViolet Bulawayo


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


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Author Biography

Esterino Adami, Università di Torino
Esterino Adami is a researcher in English language and translation at the University of Turin. His main fields of interest include varieties of English, stylistics, postcolonial literatures, narrative renditions of specialised discourse and the semiotics of graphic narratives. He has extensively published on lexical and stylistic aspects of Indian English, the theme of identity in Anglophone fiction and language methodology in postcolonial contexts, and has co-edited (with A. Martelli) the volume Within and Across. Language and Construction of Shifting Identities in Post-Colonial Contexts (2012). He is currently working on the notion of ‘split self' in Jhumpa Lahiri’s non-literary writing and on the railway metaphor in the graphic novel Snowpiercer.


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