Multilingualism is a peculiar but prominent current in contemporary literature. Within recent decades, the phenomenon has received much scholarly attention. The article focuses on current works by two significant Nordic authors: Cia Rinne and Christina Hagen. The point of departure is the critical potential inherent in their untranslatable works. My analyses demonstrate that the authors in different ways apply multilingual practices in order to criticize extant conceptions of language. While Rinne utilizes semantic ambiguities between European languages, Hagen to a lesser extent deforms English and Danish standard language. At first glance, the works seem strange and alienating, but on closer inspection, different strategies of criticizing language appear.
|Number of pages||15|
|Publication status||Published - 25 Feb 2019|