By Casey Plett
11 exact brief tales that extend from a rural Canadian Mennonite city to a hipster homosexual bar in Brooklyn, that includes younger trans girls stumbling via loss, intercourse, harassment, and love.
These tales, glossy with whiskey and prairie sunsets, damn subways and overlooked cats, express turning out to be up as a trans woman might be captivating, humorous, not easy, or unhappy, yet by no means will it's predictable.
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As Herder writes in 1767: Wenn also jede ursprüngliche Sprache, die ein Landesgewächs ist, sich nach ihrem Himmels- und Erdstriche richtet: wenn jede Nationalsprache sich nach den Sitten und der Denkart ihres Volks bildet: so muß umgekehrt die Literatur eines Landes, die ursprünglich und national ist, sich so nach der originalen Landessprache einer solchen Nation formen, daß eins mit dem andern zusammenrinnt. 64 [If then each original language which is the native growth of a country develops in accordance with its climate and region, if each national language forms itself in accordance with the ethics and manner of thought of its people, then conversely, a country’s literature which is original and national must form itself in accordance with such a nation’s original native language in such a way that the two run together.
Indeed, we might even argue that it is the means of creating a poetry that is experientially – rather than referentially – effective. The poem forces upon the reader a linguistic experience that is not dissimilar to that suffered by Chandos: our attention is drawn to the opaque materiality of foreign words which withhold meaning, and which do not so much contrast with the English language as emphasise the fact that the passages in English are often just as strange. 75 As a result, understanding (or having access to translations of ) the non-English passages is by no means a passport to comprehension and clarity even for the multilingual reader: the deliberate strangeness – the shock – of each disjunctive foreign word or phrase, Modernism and Babel 31 serves to emphasise the poem’s resistance to interpretation and comprehension.
It is not to be wondered at, therefore, that he should try to organize this idea by the creation of a polyglot form of expression. Whirling together the various languages, Mr. 95 This is, indeed, very much in keeping with the ethos of transition as a whole. Jolas himself, as a border-dweller of the Franco-German disputed 36 Multilingualism in Modernist Fiction territory of Lorraine, and then as one of the new American immigrants, was consistently fascinated by interlingual mutations and creolisation, upon which he frequently remarks in his autobiography, Man from Babel.
A Safe Girl To Love by Casey Plett