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.
|Title of host publication||Literary Community-Making: The Dialogicality of English Texts from the Seventeenth Century to the Present|
|Editors||Roger D. Sell|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|
|MoE publication type||A3 Part of a book or another research book|
- Plomer, William (1903-73)
- Scholarly communication
- literary history