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Empire, the National, and the Postcolonial, 1890-1920Resistance in Interaction$
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Elleke Boehmer

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780198184454

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184454.001.0001

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‘Immeasurable Strangeness’ between Empire and Modernism:

‘Immeasurable Strangeness’ between Empire and Modernism:

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Empire, the National, and the Postcolonial, 1890-1920


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This chapter highlights cross-border interaction into the interdiscursive, late-imperial formation that was early 20th-century modernism. By examining in particular the salient cross-cultural (Europe-Asia) associations investigated in the work of Anglo-Irish poet W. B. Yeats and the cosmopolitan writer, publisher, and anti-imperialist Leonard Woolf, the chapter determines whether the cross-border (‘cosmo-national’) contacts pursued by nationalist elites in the empire might have affected metropolitan cultural practices in any significant way.

Keywords:   empire, modernism, W.B. Yeats, Leonard Woolf, interdiscursivity, Europe, Asia

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