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Commonwealth of letters : British literary culture and the emergence of postcolonial aesthetics

Author: Peter J Kalliney
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2016.
Series: Modernist literature & culture.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Oxford University Press paperbackView all editions and formats
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Commonwealth of Letters examines midcentury literary institutions integral to modernism and postcolonial writing. Several organizations central to interwar modernism, such as the BBC, influential publishers, and university English departments, became important sites in the emergence of postcolonial literature after the war. How did some of modernism's leading figures of the 1930s-such as T.S. Eliot, Louis MacNeice,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter J Kalliney
ISBN: 0190455926 9780190455927 9780199977970 0199977976
OCLC Number: 928769751
Description: xiii, 316 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Modernist networks and late colonial intellectuals --
Race and modernist anthologies: Nancy Cunard, Langston Hughes, Claude McKay, Ezra Pound --
For continuity: FR Leavis, Kamau Brathwaite, and Ngũgĩ Wa Thiong'o --
Metropolitan modernism and its West Indian interlocutors --
Developing fictions: Amos Tutuola at Faber and Faber --
Metropolitan publisher as postcolonial clearinghouse: the African writers series --
Jean Rhys: Left Bank modernist as postcolonial intellectual --
Conclusion: Postcolonial writing or global literature in English?
Series Title: Modernist literature & culture.
Responsibility: Peter J. Kalliney.

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Commonwealth of Letters demonstrates that metropolitan and colonial intellectuals used modernist theories of aesthetic autonomy to facilitate collaborative ventures.  Read more...

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Kalliney's argument is extensive, meticulously researched, and compellingly revisionist... Kalliney provides a startling and thorough reimagining of the complex lines of aesthetic, philosophic, and Read more...

 
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