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The Resource On borrowed words : a memoir of language, Ilan Stavans

On borrowed words : a memoir of language, Ilan Stavans

Label
On borrowed words : a memoir of language
Title
On borrowed words
Title remainder
a memoir of language
Statement of responsibility
Ilan Stavans
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Yiddish, Spanish, Hebrew, and English - at various points in Ilan Stavans's life, each of these has been the prominent and controversial scholar's primary language. His family's immigrant experience took them from Eastern Europe to the Jewish ghetto of Mexico City, which Stavans abandoned for Israel and subsequently the United States. In this rich memoir, the linguistic chameleon outlines his remarkable cultural heritage from his birth in politically fragile Mexico, through his years as a student activist, a young Zionist in Israel, a student of theology in New York to his career now as a noted academic and writer." "Since survival has meant borrowing other people's languages and pretending they were his own, Stavans offers a view of his journey from the perspective of words. Along the way, he introduces his remarkable family; his brother, a musical wunderkind; his father, a Mexican soap opera star; his grandmother, who emigrated from Eastern Europe to Mexico in 1929. Masterfully weaving personal reminiscences with a provocative investigation into language acquisition and cultural code-switching. On Borrowed Words is a memorable exploration of Stavans's search for his place in the world."--Jacket
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Stavans, Ilan
Dewey number
  • 868/.6409
  • B
Index
no index present
LC call number
PQ7079.2.S78
LC item number
Z47 2001
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Stavans, Ilan
  • Mexican American authors
  • Authors, American
Label
On borrowed words : a memoir of language, Ilan Stavans
Instantiates
Publication
Bar code
31223055488002
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
263 p.
Isbn
9780670877638
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
00068586
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
45620653
Label
On borrowed words : a memoir of language, Ilan Stavans
Publication
Bar code
31223055488002
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
263 p.
Isbn
9780670877638
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
00068586
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
45620653

Library Locations

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      37.779376 -122.415795
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