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Americanizing Britain: The Rise of Modernism in the Age of by Genevieve Abravanel

By Genevieve Abravanel

How did nice Britain, which entered the 20th century as a dominant empire, reinvent itself in response to its fears and fantasies in regards to the usa? Investigating the anxieties as a result of the invasion of yank culture-from jazz to Ford motorized vehicles to Hollywood films-during the 1st half the 20 th century, Genevieve Abravanel theorizes the increase of the yank leisure Empire as a brand new kind of imperialism that threatened Britain's own.

In the early 20th century, the USA excited a variety of utopian and dystopian energies in Britain. Authors who may commonly appear to have little in common-H.G. Wells, Aldous Huxley, and Virginia Woolf-began to visualize Britain's destiny through America. Abravanel explores how those novelists shaped transatlantic fictions as a reaction to the encroaching presence of Uncle Sam. She then turns her cognizance to the coming of jazz after global conflict I, exhibiting how a number of writers, from Elizabeth Bowen to W.H. Auden, deployed the hot tune as a metaphor for the modernization of britain. the worldwide phenomenon of Hollywood movie proved much more menacing than the jazz craze, prompting nostalgia for English folks tradition and a lament for Britain's literary background. Abravanel then refracts British debates approximately the USA throughout the writing of 2 key cultural critics: F.R. Leavis and T.S. Eliot. In so doing, she demonstrates the interdependencies of a few of the main adored different types of literary study-language, country, and inventive value-by situating the high-low debates inside a transatlantic framework.

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