By Genevieve Abravanel
In the early 20th century, the USA excited a number of utopian and dystopian energies in Britain. Authors who may perhaps typically 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 realization to the coming of jazz after global battle I, displaying how a variety 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 people tradition and a lament for Britain's literary background. Abravanel then refracts British debates approximately the United States 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 adored different types of literary study-language, state, and creative value-by situating the high-low debates inside a transatlantic framework.
Read or Download Americanizing Britain: The Rise of Modernism in the Age of the Entertainment Empire (Modernist Literature and Culture) PDF
Best literary modernism criticism books
James Joyce and the Act of Reception is an in depth account of Joyce's personal engagement with the reception of his paintings. It indicates how Joyce's writing, from the earliest fiction to Finnegans Wake, addresses the social stipulations of analyzing (particularly in Ireland). so much significantly, it echoes and transforms the responses of a few of Joyce's genuine readers, from friends and family to key figures akin to Eglinton and Yeats.
The increase of modernism marked one of many significant transitional classes in modern literature. the yank modernist poets created a wealthy legacy of their verse explorations of a global touched by way of warfare, swift industrialization, and the starting to be perceived alienation of the person. The innovators featured during this quantity comprise Ezra Pound, e.
During this cutting edge research, Benjamin Kahan lines the elusive historical past of recent celibacy. Arguing that celibacy is a different sexuality with its personal practices and pleasures, Kahan exhibits it to be even more than the renunciation of intercourse or a canopy for homosexuality. Celibacies makes a speciality of a various team of authors, social activists, and artists, spanning from the suffragettes to Henry James, and from the Harlem Renaissance's Father Divine to Andy Warhol.
"Poetry was once declining/ portray advancing/ we have been complaining/ it was once '50," recalled poet Frank O'Hara in 1957. legal Ingenuity strains a sequence of associated moments within the heritage of this move of cultural strength from the sector of the observe to that of the picture. Ellen Levy explores the recent York literary and artwork worlds within the years that bracket O'Hara's lament via shut readings of the works and careers of poets Marianne Moore and John Ashbery and assemblage artist Joseph Cornell.
Additional resources for Americanizing Britain: The Rise of Modernism in the Age of the Entertainment Empire (Modernist Literature and Culture)
Americanizing Britain: The Rise of Modernism in the Age of the Entertainment Empire (Modernist Literature and Culture) by Genevieve Abravanel