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The Resource Americanizing Britain : the rise of modernism in the age of the entertainment empire, Genevieve Abravanel

Americanizing Britain : the rise of modernism in the age of the entertainment empire, Genevieve Abravanel

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Americanizing Britain : the rise of modernism in the age of the entertainment empire
Title
Americanizing Britain
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the rise of modernism in the age of the entertainment empire
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Genevieve Abravanel
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Language
eng
Summary
"How did Great Britain, which entered the twentieth century as a dominant empire, reinvent itself in reaction to its fears and fantasies about the United States? Investigating the anxieties caused by the invasion of American culture--from jazz to Ford motorcars to Hollywood films--during the first half of the twentieth century, Genevieve Abravanel theorizes the rise of the American Entertainment Empire as a new style of imperialism that threatened Britain's own. In the early twentieth century, the United States excited a range of utopian and dystopian energies in Britain. Authors who might ordinarily seem to have little in common--H.G. Wells, Aldous Huxley, and Virginia Woolf--began to imagine Britain's future through America. Abravanel explores how these novelists fashioned transatlantic fictions as a response to the encroaching presence of Uncle Sam. She then turns her attention to the arrival of jazz after World War I, showing how a range of writers, from Elizabeth Bowen to W.H. Auden, deployed the new music as a metaphor for the modernization of England. The global phenomenon of Hollywood film proved even more menacing than the jazz craze, prompting nostalgia for English folk culture and a lament for Britain's literary heritage. Abravanel then refracts British debates about America through the writing of two key cultural critics: F.R. Leavis and T.S. Eliot. In so doing, she demonstrates the interdependencies of some of the most cherished categories of literary study--language, nation, and artistic value--by situating the high-low debates within a transatlantic framework."--Jacket
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1975-
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Abravanel, Genevieve
Dewey number
820.9/35873
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PR129.A4
LC item number
A27 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Modernist literature & culture
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  • English literature
  • National characteristics, British, in literature
  • Modernism (Literature)
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Americanizing Britain : the rise of modernism in the age of the entertainment empire, Genevieve Abravanel
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Ameritopias: transatlantic fictions of England's future -- Jazzing Britain: the transatlantic jazz invasion and remaking of Englishness -- The entertainment empire: Britain's Hollywood between the wars -- English by example: F.R. Leavis and the Americanization of modern England -- Make it old: inventing Englishness in Four Quartets
Control code
747530801
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xii, 206 pages
Isbn
9780199754458
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
2012008780
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)747530801
Label
Americanizing Britain : the rise of modernism in the age of the entertainment empire, Genevieve Abravanel
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Ameritopias: transatlantic fictions of England's future -- Jazzing Britain: the transatlantic jazz invasion and remaking of Englishness -- The entertainment empire: Britain's Hollywood between the wars -- English by example: F.R. Leavis and the Americanization of modern England -- Make it old: inventing Englishness in Four Quartets
Control code
747530801
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xii, 206 pages
Isbn
9780199754458
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
2012008780
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)747530801

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