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Ici Berlin Press

Untying the Mother Tongue

Untying the Mother Tongue

Untying the Mother Tongue
Ed. by Antonio Castore
Federico Dal Bo

Cultural Inquiry, 26

Berlin: ICI Berlin Press, 2023

ISBN 978-3-96558-048-0 | Hardcover | 30 EUR | vi, 252 pp. | 22.9 cm x 15.2 cm
ISBN 978-3-96558-049-7 | Paperback | 15 EUR | vi, 252 pp. | 22.9 cm x 15.2 cm
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Untying the Mother Tongue explores what it might mean today to speak of someone's attachment to a particular, primary language. Traditional conceptions of mother tongue are often seen as an expression of the ideology of a European nation-state. Yet, current celebrations of multilingualism reflect the recent demands of global capitalism, raising other challenges. The contributions from international scholars on literature, philosophy, and culture, analyze and problematize the concept of ‘mother tongue’, rethinking affective and cognitive attachments to language while deconstructing its metaphysical, capitalist, and colonialist presuppositions.

Antonio Castore studied at the University of Turin, earning an MA in Modern Literatures (2001) and a PhD in Comparative Literature (2006). He lectures on Italian poetry and translation studies.
Federico Dal Bo holds a PhD in Translation Studies from the University of Bologna (2005), as well as a PhD in Jewish Studies from the Free University of Berlin (2009). He is Assistant Professor of Hebrew at the University of Modena-Reggio Emilia.
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