Addressivity and Literary History: The Case of William Plomer

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Publication Details

List of Authors: Jason Finch
Editors: Roger D. Sell
Place: Amsterdam
Publication year: 2012
Publisher: John benjamins
Book title: Literary Community-Making: The Dialogicality of English Texts from the Seventeenth Century to the Present
Title of series: Dialogue Studies
Number in series: 14
Start page: 161
End page: 184
ISBN: 9789027210319
eISBN: 9789027274175
ISSN: 1875-1792


Literary history has a community-making dimension. It can be studied as a history of the ways in which writers have addressed various sorts of audience. And in this kind of history, re-examining the careers of supposedly minor writers can unexpectedly highlight major trends. This chapter rescues the career of William Plomer (1903-73) from neglect. Reintroducing Plomer to his period means examining the particular ways in which he straddled boundaries including those between national literatures and the writing of different identities of other sorts. Plomer's addressivity is distinguished by welcoming multiplicity and by a characteristic of aloofness. This perhaps explains why he is now relatively unread, unlike contemporaries such as Forster, Woolf, Isherwood, Greene and Auden.


literary history, Plomer, William (1903-73), Scholarly communication

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