Native Tongue

bySuzette Haden Elgin, Julie Julie VedderAfterword bySusan Squier

November 1, 2000|
Native Tongue by Suzette Haden Elgin
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Called "fascinating" by the New York Times upon its first publication in 1984, ''Native Tongue'' won wide critical praise and cult status, and has often been compared to the futurist fiction of Margaret Atwood. Set in the twenty-second century, the novel tells of a world where women are once again property, denied civil rights and banned from public life. Earth''s wealth depends on interplanetary commerce with alien races, and linguists - a small, clannish group of families - have become the ruling elite by ling all interplanetary communication. Their women areused to breed perfect translators for all the galaxies'' languages. Nazareth Chornyak, the most talented linguist of the family, is exhausted by her constant work translating for trade organizations, supervising the children''s language education, running the compound, and caring for the elderly men. She longs to retire to the Barren House, where women past childbearing age knit, chat, and wait to die. What Nazareth comes to discover is that a slow revolution is going on in the Barren Houses: there, word by word, women are creating a language of their own to free them from men''s . " ''Native Tongue'' brings to life not only the possibility of a women''s language, but a rationale for one,"- ''Village Voice'' "Elgin takes up more than linguistics, of course-everything from religion to sex?the story is absolutely compelling."- ''Women''s Review of Books'' Suzette Haden Elgin is author of twelve science fiction novels and is widely know for her best-selling series ''The Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense'' and for ''The Grandmother Principles.'' She is director of the Ozark Center for Language Studies and is professor emerita of linguistics at San Diego State University. Susan Squier is Julia Brill professor of English and Women''s Studies at Pennsylvania State University.
Suzette Haden Elgin was born Patricia Anne Wilkins on November 18, 1936 in Missouri. She received a PhD in linguistics from the University of California at San Diego in 1973. She taught there from 1972 to 1980, when she retired to focus on her writing full time. Her books include The Communipaths, Furthest, At the Seventh Level, Yonder...
Title:Native Tongue
Product dimensions:320 pages, 7.85 X 6.13 X 0.42 in
Shipping dimensions:320 pages, 7.85 X 6.13 X 0.42 in
Published:November 1, 2000
Publisher:Feminist Press At Cuny
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781558612464

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