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Americanizing BritainThe Rise of Modernism in the Age of the Entertainment Empire$
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Genevieve Abravanel

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199754458

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199754458.001.0001

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Transatlantic Fictions of England's Future

(p.24) 1 Ameritopias
Americanizing Britain

Genevieve Abravanel

Oxford University Press

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—Rudyard Kipling, H.G. Wells, Aldous Huxley, and Virginia Woolf—each propose a distinct manner of imagining Britain’s future through America. This chapter introduces the term, “Ameritopia,” as the name for texts that variously imagine Britain’s future in light of the growing power and influence of the United States. The concept of the Ameritopia identifies a complex and freighted trend in early twentieth-century British thought: the use of America as the raw material through which to dream the future, even if that future may prove to be a nightmare.Utopia

Keywords:   dystopia, imperialism, Rudyard Kipling, H.G. Wells, Aaldous Huxley, Virginia Woolf, Woodrow Wilson, Marshall Berman, Fredric Jameson

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