Foreign Words in Victorian and Edwardian Literature (Introduction)

Abstract : The articles in this issue of Cahiers victoriens et édouardiens are part of a larger project entitled 'Les mots étrangers/The Words of Others' undertaken by my research group Confluences (CREA-Centre de recherches anglophones) at the University of Paris-Ouest. We are engaged in a study of the use of foreign words in works written in English, with a particular interest in the motives which prompt an author to opt for a foreign word rather than its English equivalent and the impact which such foreign intrusion has on the text. The first phase of our work, published in autumn 2013 under the title L'Étranger dans la langue (eds Emily Eells, Christine Berthin and Jean-Michel Déprats, Presses de l'Université de Paris-Ouest), also broached the question of translating texts encrusted with foreign words. The title of this issue of Cahiers victoriens et édouardiens—Emprunts et empreintes de la langue étrangère dans la littérature victorienne et édouardienne—provides an eloquent example of how the specific possibilities of one language empower it to say more than another.
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Emily Eells. Foreign Words in Victorian and Edwardian Literature (Introduction). Cahiers Victoriens et Edouardiens, Montpellier : Centre d'études et de recherches victoriennes et édouardiennes, 2013, Emprunts et empreintes de la langue étrangère dans la littérature victorienne et édouardienne. ⟨hal-01676080⟩

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