"You'll Soon Get Used to Our Language" Language, Parody and West Indian Identity in Andrea Levy's Small Island

April 2010
Journal of West Indian Literature;Apr2010, Vol. 18 Issue 2, p45
Academic Journal
The article discusses the author's argument that in Andrea Levy's "Small Island," language is the main battleground for conflicts between British and West Indian cultures and identities. It also argues that parody is one way of exposing these conflicts and accommodations made by British and West Indian cultures. It indicates how "Small Island" parodies the concept of Empire and looks at how the high and low narratives square off against. It suggest a compromise for both the West Indians and the English to get used to each other's language.


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