Colonial Encounters

Laura Doyle

in The Oxford Handbook of Modernisms

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199545445
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 Colonial Encounters

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This article suggests that the beginnings of modernism can be traced to colonial encounters which long pre-date modernism itself. It explains that the fundamental conditions for, at least Anglo-European, modernism, might have been created in the face-to-face meetings of Anglo-Europeans and peoples of other lands. The article highlights the link between war and literary experimentation, focusing on the increasing proliferation and visibility of global war and anti-colonial insurgency.

Keywords: modernism; colonial encounters; Anglo-European modernism; war; literary experimentation; anti-colonial insurgency

Article.  9042 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (Postcolonial Literature) ; Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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