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Heidi Slettedahl Macpherson

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748624454

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624454.001.0001

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‘There is No World Outside the Text’: Transatlantic Slippage in Eva Hoffman's Lost in Translation

‘There is No World Outside the Text’: Transatlantic Slippage in Eva Hoffman's Lost in Translation

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Transatlantic Women's Literature
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Heidi Slettedahl Macpherson

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624454.003.0006

This chapter analyses the issue of transatlantic slippage in Eva Hoffman's memoir Lost in Translation, exploring the discourses of ‘here’ and ‘there’ invoked by Hoffman's multilayered images, and mapping the transatlantic, linguistic signs of Poland, Canada and America. It argues that Hoffman's text offers a more nuanced, transnational reading of space being positioned in one or other of the defining geographical spaces by critics who attempt to circumscribe the memoir and label it as an American, Jewish or immigrant narrative.

Keywords:   Eva Hoffman, Lost in Translation, transatlantic slippage, linguistic signs, geographical spaces, memoirs, immigrant narrative

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