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The Stepmother Tongue

An Introduction to New Anglophone Fiction



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The Stepmother Tongue by John Skinner
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There are many 20th-century writers in English who are not technically native speakers of the language, but who may often speak of the "stepmother tongue". Aware of the debates in postcolonial theory, this book examines the fictional practices of the writers discussed, and analyzes some 80 individual texts.

Author Biography

JOHN SKINNER has taught at various universities in Sweden, Finland, Italy and the United States and has published three books: Tell-Tale Stories: Essays in Narrative Poetics, The Fictions of Anita Brookner and Constructions of Smollett. His research interests are the new anglophone literatures and eighteenth-century British fiction.
Release date NZ
September 18th, 1998
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
X, 368 p.
Palgrave Macmillan
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