A Key into the Language of America

4 avg rating
( 46 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780811212878: A Key into the Language of America
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

The legacy of cultural imperialism, the consequences of gender, and the marginalization of the conquered are themes that combine and comment, one on the other, in Rosmarie Waldrop's remarkable new work, A Key into the Language of America. As "formally adventurous" (A.L. Nielson, Washington Review) as ever, German-born Waldrop has based her new collection on Rhode Island founder Roger Williams's 1643 guide (of the same name) to Narragansett Indian language and lore.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

A Key Into The Language Of America: 1. Salutations
A Key Into The Language Of America: 10. Of The Season Of The Yeere
A Key Into The Language Of America: 11. Of Travell
A Key Into The Language Of America: 12. Concerning The Heavens And
A Key Into The Language Of America: 13. Of The Weather
A Key Into The Language Of America: 14. Of The Winds
A Key Into The Language Of America: 15. Of Fowle
A Key Into The Language Of America: 16. Of The Earth And Fruits
A Key Into The Language Of America: 17. Of Beasts
A Key Into The Language Of America: 18. Of The Sea
A Key Into The Language Of America: 19. Of Fish And Fishing
A Key Into The Language Of America: 2. Of Eating And Entertainment
A Key Into The Language Of America: 20. Of Their Nakednesse
A Key Into The Language Of America: 21. Of Religion, The Soule
A Key Into The Language Of America: 22. Of Their Government And
A Key Into The Language Of America: 23. Of Marriage
A Key Into The Language Of America: 24. Concerning Their Coyne
A Key Into The Language Of America: 25. Of Buying And Selling
A Key Into The Language Of America: 26. Of Debts And Trusting
A Key Into The Language Of America: 27. Of Their Hunting
A Key Into The Language Of America: 28. Of Their Gaming
A Key Into The Language Of America: 29. Of Their Warre
A Key Into The Language Of America: 3. Concerning Sleepe And Lodging
A Key Into The Language Of America: 30. Of Their Paintings
A Key Into The Language Of America: 31. Of Sicknesse
A Key Into The Language Of America: 32. Of Death And Buriall
A Key Into The Language Of America: 4. Of Their Numbers
A Key Into The Language Of America: 5. Of Their Relations
A Key Into The Language Of America: 6. Of The Family And Businesse
A Key Into The Language Of America: 7. Of Their Persons
A Key Into The Language Of America: 8. Of Discourse And Newes
A Key Into The Language Of America: 9. Of The Time Of The Day
-- Table of Poems from Poem Finder®

From Publishers Weekly:

In 1643 Roger Williams published a study on the language of the Narragansett Indians entitled A Key Into the Language of America. Waldrop, author of a penetrating translation of Edmond Jabes's The Book of Questions, emulates the structure of Williams's primer, here offering 32 compact chapters, each divided into a prose section, a "word list," another prose section and a few lines of verse. Waldrop wants to recreate the linguistic and cultural tensions between the Narragansett Native Americans and their European colonial adversaries, while alluding to her own experience as a post-WWII, female German intellectual in the U.S. She uses language as a generative source of conflict and forges phrases from Williams's book with phrases and words from her own consciousness. Seeking incompatible combinations, her writing subsumes clarity beneath a craft of displaced meaning and addresses personal experience only in a general manner. This technique works so well that it defeats itself, since the sentences by nature tend to dissipate in the mind, rather than sink in. The blueprint may be fascinating and the premise noble, but the actual text of "A Key" fails to compel; it seems oversophisticated and academic. Though experimentally as exciting as Susan Howe's work, it's a tad too impersonal. A near miss from a talented writer and translator.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Buy New View Book
List Price: US$ 15.95
US$ 16.24

Convert Currency

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.

Destination, Rates & Speeds

Add to Basket

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Rosmarie Waldrop
Published by New Directions Publishing Corporation, United States (1997)
ISBN 10: 0811212874 ISBN 13: 9780811212878
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Book Depository hard to find
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description New Directions Publishing Corporation, United States, 1997. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English . This book usually ship within 10-15 business days and we will endeavor to dispatch orders quicker than this where possible. Brand New Book. The legacy of cultural imperialism, the consequences of gender, and the marginalization of the conquered are themes that combine and comment, one on the other, in Rosmarie Waldrop s remarkable new work, A Key into the Language of America. As formally adventurous (A.L. Nielson, Washington Review) as ever, German-born Waldrop has based her new collection on Rhode Island founder Roger Williams s 1643 guide (of the same name) to Narragansett Indian language and lore. Seller Inventory # BTE9780811212878

More Information About This Seller | Contact this Seller

Buy New
US$ 16.24
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Waldrop, Rosmarie
Published by New Directions (1997)
ISBN 10: 0811212874 ISBN 13: 9780811212878
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Revaluation Books
(Exeter, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description New Directions, 1997. Paperback. Condition: Brand New. 8.25x5.25x0.25 inches. In Stock. Seller Inventory # __0811212874

More Information About This Seller | Contact this Seller

Buy New
US$ 16.69
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 8.28
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Rosmarie Waldrop
ISBN 10: 0811212874 ISBN 13: 9780811212878
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
AussieBookSeller
(SILVERWATER, NSW, Australia)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 1997. Paperback. Condition: New. Paperback. Shipping may be from our Sydney, NSW warehouse or from our UK or US warehouse, depending on stock availability. 0.109. Seller Inventory # 9780811212878

More Information About This Seller | Contact this Seller

Buy New
US$ 19.21
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 37.00
From Australia to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Waldrop, Rosmarie
Published by New Directions (1997)
ISBN 10: 0811212874 ISBN 13: 9780811212878
New Paperback Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description New Directions, 1997. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110811212874

More Information About This Seller | Contact this Seller

Buy New
US$ 57.38
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 1.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Waldrop, Rosmarie
Published by New Directions (1997)
ISBN 10: 0811212874 ISBN 13: 9780811212878
New Paperback Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Save With Sam
(North Miami, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description New Directions, 1997. Paperback. Condition: New. Brand New!. Seller Inventory # VIB0811212874

More Information About This Seller | Contact this Seller

Buy New
US$ 57.38
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.00
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Waldrop, Rosmarie
Published by New Directions
ISBN 10: 0811212874 ISBN 13: 9780811212878
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Cloud 9 Books
(Wellington, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description New Directions. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0811212874 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW7.0398061

More Information About This Seller | Contact this Seller

Buy New
US$ 59.99
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Waldrop, Rosmarie
Published by New Directions
ISBN 10: 0811212874 ISBN 13: 9780811212878
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Mediaoutlet12345
(Springfield, VA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description New Directions. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0811212874 *BRAND NEW* Ships Same Day or Next!. Seller Inventory # SWATI2132374310

More Information About This Seller | Contact this Seller

Buy New
US$ 65.01
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Rosmarie Waldrop
Published by New Directions (1997)
ISBN 10: 0811212874 ISBN 13: 9780811212878
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description New Directions, 1997. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0811212874

More Information About This Seller | Contact this Seller

Buy New
US$ 92.36
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds