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Published: 12 October 2017

340 Pages | 20 halftones


ISBN: 9780198725152

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Artefacts of Writing

Ideas of the State and Communities of Letters from Matthew Arnold to Xu Bing

Peter D. McDonald

  • Illustrates how literature challenges the way states conceptualise language, culture, and community
  • A clear and readable reflection on the public value of literature, linking literary works to constitutions and policy making
  • Encourages readers to think about the ways in which ideas shape the world, whether by becoming agents of mass mobilization or by becoming embedded in policies, constitutions, or durable institutions
  • Covers an extraordinary range: historical (1860-present), geographical (Europe, Asia, Africa), and linguistic (English, Afrikaans, Bengali, French, German, Hindi, Irish as well as a host of international languages)
  • Focuses on major writers including T.S. Eliot, James Joyce, Rabindrânâth Tagore, Amit Chaudhuri, J. M. Coetzee, Salman Rushdie, Antjie Krog, Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, and Es'kia Mphahlele, and the contemporary Chinese artist Xu Bing