RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 24953787 LA English T1 Devolving English literature A1 Crawford, Robert,, PB Clarendon Press ; Oxford University Press PP Oxford; New York YR 1992 SN 0198119550 9780198119555 019811298X 9780198112983 AB Devolving English Literature questions the manner in which since the eighteenth century an assumed English cultural centre has controlled the way we read. It interrogates the Anglocentricity of the subject 'English Literature' demonstrating how it has governed our reading of unEnglish and 'provincial' texts. Discussing English, American, Irish, Australian, and other writings, Crawford concentrates on Scottish literature, which furnishes the most extended and acute model of a culture concerned to maintain and develop its own identity while engaging with England's linguistic and political dominance. Starting with the eighteenth-century 'Scottish invention of English Literature', Crawford traces in Boswell, Burns, and others the evolution of a distinctively British Literature. This process culminated in Scott who, with Carlyle, encouraged nineteenth-century American writing and left rich legacies both to anthropology and to the literary Modernism of Eliot, Pound, Joyce, and MacDiarmid. This essentially provincial phenomenon of Modernism underwrites even Larkin, as well as such sophisticated post-British 'barbarian' poets as Heaney, Harrison, Dunn, Murray, and Walcott. Devolving English Literature makes a major contribution to the current debates regarding English-speaking literary culture and the participation in it of non-English speakers, arguing accessibly and clearly for devolutionary readings alert to nuances of cultural difference.