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Capturing Berserkería and Amor: Untranslatability and Migrant Belonging in Junot Díaz's This Is How You Lose Her

Thomsen, Sigrid; (2021) Capturing Berserkería and Amor: Untranslatability and Migrant Belonging in Junot Díaz's This Is How You Lose Her. In: Erichsen Skalle, Camilla and Müller Gjesdal, Anje, (eds.) Transnational Narratives of Migration and Exile: Perspectives from the Humanities. (pp. 81-94). Scandinavian University Press Green open access

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Abstract

In this chapter, I analyze the code-switching between English and Spanish in Junot Díaz’s 2012 short story collection This Is How You Lose Her alongside Emily Apter’s (2013) concept of the untranslatable. I argue that these two approaches are comparable both in their attention to individual words and phrases and in their carving out of a highly site-specific kind of (comparative) literature. In their attention to global trajectories and to the ways these trajectories can be mirrored in a single untranslated word, they gesture toward a multivocality which resists “neo-imperialist cartographies”.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Capturing Berserkería and Amor: Untranslatability and Migrant Belonging in Junot Díaz's This Is How You Lose Her
ISBN-13: 9788215042411
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.18261/9788215042428-2021-04
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.18261/9788215042428-2021-04
Language: English
Additional information: This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0).
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > SELCS
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10184669
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