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Mixed Mother Tongues: Memoirs of Interlingual Childhoods

Besemeres, Mary


Childhood involves entering “a stage which we did not design” and playing “subordinate parts in the dramas of others” (in the words of philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre). What happens when the script of the “drama” a child is born into is spoken in more than one language—when the main players, one’s parents, come from different, even mutually hostile speech communities? While mixed race memoir is an increasingly recognized field, memoirs of mixed mother tongue families are a less familiar genre of...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: Auto/Biography Studies
DOI: 10.1080/08989575.2015.1082749


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