Afterlife and Narrative in Contemporary Fiction
Focuses on the endangering effects of languageideological processes. This book looks at the challenges imposed by globalization and superdiversity on the nation state and its language situations and ideologies, and demonstrates how many of its problems rise from the tension between latemodern diversity and the (pre)modernist responses to it.
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1 Afterlife Now
Making Meaning from the Afterlife
Purgatory Prolepsis and the Past Tense
Genre Plot and the Dead Narrator
MindReading and the Dead Narrator
Person and the Dead Narrator
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