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Commonwealth of LettersBritish Literary Culture and the Emergence of Postcolonial Aesthetics$
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Peter J. Kalliney

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199977970

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199977970.001.0001

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Modernist Networks and Late Colonial Intellectuals

Modernist Networks and Late Colonial Intellectuals

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(p.1) 1. Modernist Networks and Late Colonial Intellectuals
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Commonwealth of Letters
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Peter J. Kalliney

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199977970.003.0001

Chapter One examines the relationship between metropolitan and colonial writers at midcentury. It discusses the BBC as a model of a metropolitan cultural institution that promoted collaboration between metropolitan intellectuals and their colonial counterparts. It argues that aesthetic autonomy was a key modernist doctrine that facilitated cooperation across the racial divide. Black, colonial writers, this chapter contends, were instrumental in explaining the relevance of modernist aesthetics to a decolonizing world, using the concept of aesthetic autonomy to insist that the sphere of high literature could transcend the injustices of a colonial system based on racial discrimination.

Keywords:   Modernist Literature, Postcolonial Literature, Radio Broadcasting, Race, Matthew Arnold, WEB Du Bois, CLR James

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