The present volume investigates the representation and use of multilingualism, language variation in English and other languages in a variety of media and cultural production (stand-up comedy shows, drag shows, musical genres, TV series, sports commentary, to name some). Scholars from various disciplines – from literary or cultural studies, from linguistics, language teaching, and media studies – discuss a (dis-)harmony of voices, identity formation, (media)representation, power distribution and awareness. They look at the (linguistic) representations of (marginalized) groups or communities in films, TV series, novels, songs etc. and some include the analysis of the language(s) and language varieties used. They discuss the visibility, agency, empowerment, stereotyping or ridiculing of different social groups and treat issues of authenticity, (self-)identity formation, style-shifting, audiences, media types and genres. With this, the present volume explores and expands the concept of polyphony as it was famously employed by Mikhail Bakhtin in 1929.
Julia Andres / Brian Rozema / Anne Schröder (eds.)
(Dis-)Harmony. Amplifying Voices in Polyphone Cultural Productions
BEAST - The Bielefeld Engish and American Studies Vol. 8
Julia Andres, Brian Rozema & Anne Schröder
Plucky Tommies, Angelic Nurses and the Others: Identity Constructions in Hegemonic and Antihegemonic Discourse of First World War Songs
Franz Andres Morrissey
In/Visibility, Silencing, Gaining Voice and Agency in Visual Discourses on Refugees and Forced Migration
Identities without Alterity? Linguistic Varieties in Eddie Izzard’s Stand-up Comedy Shows
Two Hundred Plus Years of Dialect Representation in English Literature
“No One Talks Like That. Sorry.” What Are People Doing When They Discuss Film and Television Accents?
Jane Hodson & Kate Hunter
Identity through the Looking Glass: Voices of Drag in Past and Present
Sven Leuckert & Ashleigh D. Moeller
“Let’s Get Ready to Rumble”: Sport Language and Fan Identity
The Manifold Facets of Linguistic Contact: Giving Voice to the Multicultural Fabric of the French Caribbean in Literature
Teaching World Englishes with Films
Marion Schulte & Peter Schildhauer
Reggae and Dub Poetry: Teaching a Different “Riddim”
Negotiating Cultural Identities in Interactions about Turkish TV Series
The Voice of GDR-English
The Fictolects of Child Narrators: Adult Constructions of the Child’s Voice
Tyll Zybura & Katharina Pietsch
Biographical Notes on the Authors
Julia Andres completed her PhD in American Studies at Bielefeld University. Her PhD thesis Cuéntame algo – Narrating Chicana Lives beyond the Borderlands was published in Germany and the US with Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier/Bilingual Press in 2015. She has been a member of faculty at Bielefeld University since 2007 and is a tenured lecturer there at the chair of North American Literary and Cultural Studies. Her main research interests are Chicana Studies, Canadian Literatures, Porn Studies and Supernatural Fictions.
Brian Rozema is a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan and currently a lecturer for North American Language, Literature and Culture at Bielefeld University. He is an editor for fiar - forum for inter-american research, the journal of the International Association of Inter-American Studies (www.interamerica.de). He also co-edited Key Tropes in Inter-American Studies (2015) and has published texts in the journal 10plus1 | Living Linguistics (2016) and The Routledge Companion to Inter-American Studies (2017). His research interests include Inter-American Studies, Creolistics, language attitudes and ideologies, as well as cultural production with a focus on the representation of marginalized languages in media from the Americas and beyond.
Anne Schröder is Professor of English Linguistics at Bielefeld University, Germany. She studied English and French at the universities of Caen, France, Bristol, UK and Freiburg i. Br., Germany, where she received her PhD in English Linguistics. She previously worked at Martin Luther University Halle and at Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany. Her publications include Status, Functions, and Prospects of Pidgin English. An Empirical Approach to Language Dynamics in Cameroon (2003), On the Productivity of Verbal Prefixation in English (2011), the edition of several volumes and the publication of various articles on similar topics. More recently, she has also researched and published on the dynamics of English in Namibia and the use of language variation in film and literature.