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Artefacts of Writing: Ideas of the State and Communities of Letters from Matthew Arnold to Xu Bing

Peter D. McDonald


Some forms of literature interfere with the workings of the literate brain, posing a challenge to readers of all kinds. This book argues that they pose as much of a challenge to the way states conceptualize language, culture, and community. Drawing on a wealth of evidence, from Victorian scholarly disputes over the identity of the English language to the constitutional debates about its future in Ireland, India, and South Africa, and from quarrels over the idea of culture within the League of Nations to UNESCO’s ongoing struggle to articulate a viable concept of diversity, it brings together a ... More

Keywords: international relations, UNESCO, cultural diversity, multilingualism, world literature, translation, intellectual history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198725152
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198725152.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter D. McDonald, author
Professor of English and Related Literature, University of Oxford and Fellow, St Hugh's College