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The Resource Commonwealth of letters : British literary culture and the emergence of postcolonial aesthetics, Peter J. Kalliney

Commonwealth of letters : British literary culture and the emergence of postcolonial aesthetics, Peter J. Kalliney

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Commonwealth of letters : British literary culture and the emergence of postcolonial aesthetics
Title
Commonwealth of letters
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British literary culture and the emergence of postcolonial aesthetics
Statement of responsibility
Peter J. Kalliney
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Language
eng
Summary
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, and Stephen Spender-come to admire late colonial and early postcolonial literature in the 1950s? Similarly, why did late colonial and early postcolonial writers-including Chinua Achebe, Kamau Brathwaite, Claude McKay, and Ngugi wa Thiong'o-actively seek alliances with metropolitan intellectuals? Peter Kalliney's original and extensive archival work on modernist cultural institutions demonstrates that this disparate group of intellectuals had strong professional incentives to treat one another more as fellow literary professionals, and less as political or cultural antagonists. Surprisingly, metropolitan intellectuals and their late colonial counterparts leaned heavily on modernist theories of aesthetic autonomy to facilitate their collaborative ventures. For white, metropolitan writers, T.S. Eliot's notion of impersonality could help recruit new audiences and conspirators from colonized regions of the world. For black, colonial writers, aesthetic autonomy could be used to imagine a literary sphere uniquely resistant to the forms of racial prejudice endemic to the colonial system. This strategic collaboration did not last forever, but as Commonwealth of Letters shows, it left a lasting imprint on the ultimate disposition of modernism and the evolution of postcolonial literature
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1971-
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Kalliney, Peter J.
Dewey number
809/.93358
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PN56.P555
LC item number
K35 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Modernist literature & culture
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  • Postcolonialism in literature
  • Modernism (Literature)
  • Commonwealth literature (English)
  • Literature
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Commonwealth of letters : British literary culture and the emergence of postcolonial aesthetics, Peter J. Kalliney
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier.
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text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent.
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 Ngugi 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
Control code
828054384
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiii, 316 pages
Isbn
9780199977970
Isbn Type
(hardcover : acid-free paper)
Lccn
2012050992
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)828054384
Label
Commonwealth of letters : British literary culture and the emergence of postcolonial aesthetics, Peter J. Kalliney
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
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 Ngugi 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
Control code
828054384
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiii, 316 pages
Isbn
9780199977970
Isbn Type
(hardcover : acid-free paper)
Lccn
2012050992
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)828054384

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