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Article: "Imagination's Commonwealth": Edmund Blunden's Hong Kong dialogue

Title"Imagination's Commonwealth": Edmund Blunden's Hong Kong dialogue
Authors
Issue Date2009
PublisherModern Language Association of America
Citation
Publication of the Modern Language Association of America (PMLA), 2009, v. 24 n. 1, p. 76-91 How to Cite?
AbstractThis essay posits that literary studies at the University of Hong Kong during the cold war 1950s exemplify how English as an academic subject is transmuted through the peripheral voices that engage with metropolitan literature. Focusing on the term "imagination's commonwealth," which the poet and critic Edmund Blunden (1896-1974) invented to denote transnational literary communion, I show how it departs from imperial literary diffusion and how Blunden's poetry and professorial career at Hong Kong University enact the departure. As his interlocutors and partners, Blunden's students played a crucial role in the emergence of a literary commonwealth. In their dialogue with Blunden, they not only query his conception but also push against the boundaries or their own colonial ana cold war situation.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/57923
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dc.contributor.authorHo, EYLen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-05-31T03:20:39Z-
dc.date.available2010-05-31T03:20:39Z-
dc.date.issued2009en_HK
dc.identifier.citationPublication of the Modern Language Association of America (PMLA), 2009, v. 24 n. 1, p. 76-91en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0030-8129-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/57923-
dc.description.abstractThis essay posits that literary studies at the University of Hong Kong during the cold war 1950s exemplify how English as an academic subject is transmuted through the peripheral voices that engage with metropolitan literature. Focusing on the term "imagination's commonwealth," which the poet and critic Edmund Blunden (1896-1974) invented to denote transnational literary communion, I show how it departs from imperial literary diffusion and how Blunden's poetry and professorial career at Hong Kong University enact the departure. As his interlocutors and partners, Blunden's students played a crucial role in the emergence of a literary commonwealth. In their dialogue with Blunden, they not only query his conception but also push against the boundaries or their own colonial ana cold war situation.-
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherModern Language Association of Americaen_HK
dc.relation.ispartofPublication of the Modern Language Association of America (PMLA)en_HK
dc.title"Imagination's Commonwealth": Edmund Blunden's Hong Kong dialogueen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.emailHo, EYL: eylho@hkucc.hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.authorityHo, EYL=rp01162en_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1632/pmla.2009.124.1.76-
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dc.identifier.hkuros157083en_HK

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