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ERIC Number: EJ780934
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 17
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-1534-8458
Souls in Exile: Identities of Bilingual Writers
Li, Xuemei
Journal of Language, Identity, and Education, v6 n4 p259-275 Sep 2007
In this discussion, the author highlights the relationship between language and identity by discussing notions such as language as a symbolic resource (Heller, 1995) and language as a badge of identity (Buruma, 2003) in a society. The reasons why a number of bilingual writers have decided to write in their second languages are explored, and issues such as "writer as a migrant," "double belonging and betrayal," "awkward betweenness," and "reconciliation of languages and identities" are discussed. The author argues that the expression "souls in exile" best describes the condition of being for many bilingual writers during their process of looking for the self in writing and in the host culture. It is usually through painful and painstaking struggles that many bilingual writers are able to reach reconciliation between their first and second languages, and to create an enriched self in writing.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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