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The Fall of Language in the Age of English$
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Minae Mizumura

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231163026

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231163026.001.0001

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Under the Blue Sky of Iowa

Under the Blue Sky of Iowa

Those who Write in their Own Language

(p.11) 1. Under the Blue Sky of Iowa
The Fall of Language in the Age of English

Minae Mizumura

, Mari Yoshihara, Juliet Winters Carpenter
Columbia University Press

This chapter describes Minae Mizumura's stay in Iowa as part of the International Writing Program of the University of Iowa, a program designed to give foreign writers a taste of university life in America. It describes her experience interacting with the other writers of the program who had all come from different nations. Mizumura highlights that each writer was writing in their own language. It made no difference whether a writer's language had hundreds of millions of potential readers or a few hundred thousand; either way, they wrote in their own language, as if to do so was the most natural act imaginable—as if people had always done so. Mizumura notes that the idea of one's own language is connected to the feelings for his or her own country. She also expresses that there is a hierarchy among languages, and that the English language is becoming the universal language.

Keywords:   Minae Mizumura, Iowa, International Writing Program, University of Iowa, university life, America, own language, English language

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