By Genevieve Abravanel

ISBN-10: 0190272414

ISBN-13: 9780190272418

ISBN-10: 0199754454

ISBN-13: 9780199754458

How did nice Britain, which entered the 20 th century as a dominant empire, reinvent itself in response to its fears and fantasies in regards to the usa? Investigating the anxieties because of the invasion of yankee culture-from jazz to Ford motor vehicles to Hollywood films-during the 1st 1/2 the 20th 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 U.S. excited various utopian and dystopian energies in Britain. Authors who may perhaps quite often 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 formed transatlantic fictions as a reaction to the encroaching presence of Uncle Sam. She then turns her recognition to the coming of jazz after global struggle 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 US in the course of 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 loved different types of literary study-language, state, and creative value-by situating the high-low debates inside a transatlantic framework.

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