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Americanizing Britain – The Rise of Modernism in the Age of the Entertainment Empire - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Americanizing Britain: The Rise of Modernism in the Age of the Entertainment Empire

Genevieve Abravanel


At the beginning of the twentieth century, many in Britain believed their nation to be a dominant world power that its former colony, the United States, could only hope to emulate. Yet by the interwar years, the United States seemed to some to embody a different type of global eminence, one based not only on political and economic stature but also on new forms of mass culture like jazz and the Hollywood film. Britain’s fraught transition from formidable empire to victim of Americanization is rarely discussed by literary scholars. However, the dawn of the “American century” is the period of lit ... More

Keywords: modernism, literature, americanization, englishness, transatlantic, Hollywood, jazz, T.S. Eeliot, F.R. Leavis, virginia woolf

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Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199754458
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199754458.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Genevieve Abravanel, author
Franklin and Marshall College

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