Writers’ linguistic observations and creating myths about languages: Czesław Miłosz and Joseph Brodsky in search of the ‘Slavonic genius of language’

Khairov, S. (2014) Writers’ linguistic observations and creating myths about languages: Czesław Miłosz and Joseph Brodsky in search of the ‘Slavonic genius of language’. Modern Language Review, 109(3), pp. 726-748. (doi: 10.5699/modelangrevi.109.3.0726)

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Abstract

Judgements on language matters made by recognized writers comprise a particularly interesting subject because the ‘judges’ themselves are not only sensitive and influential users of their language, but, owing to the nature of their work, have the skills and authority to speculate on these matters in ways that often go far beyond the common stereotypes. Moreover, either they openly declare the ideological motivations that lie behind their statements or these motivations can be decoded from their aesthetic or ideological creed. Their reflections can be particularly acute if they live and work in two (or more) language environments, as was the case with Czesław Miłosz and Joseph Brodsky, two Nobel Prize winners who both spent a significant period of their creative lives as émigrés.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Khairov, Dr Shamil
Authors: Khairov, S.
Subjects:P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PG Slavic, Baltic, Albanian languages and literature
College/School:College of Arts > School of Modern Languages and Cultures > Slavonic Studies
College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Central and East European Studies
Journal Name:Modern Language Review
Journal Abbr.:MLR
Publisher:Modern Humanities Research Assosiacion
ISSN:0026-7937
ISSN (Online):2222-4319
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2014 Modern Humanities Research Association
First Published:First published in Modern Language Review 109(3):726-748
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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