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On the Paradox of ‘British Modernism’ Genevieve Abravanel, Americanizing Britain: The Rise of Modernism in the Age of the Entertainment Empire (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012)

On the Paradox of ‘British Modernism’ Genevieve Abravanel, Americanizing Britain: The Rise of... BOOK REVIEW On the Paradox of `British Modernism' Genevieve Abravanel, Americanizing Britain: The Rise of Modernism in the Age of the Entertainment Empire (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012). 224pp. ISBN: 9780199754458. If the study of literary modernism along strict, national lines has long seemed a strange division of labour, Genevieve Abravanel's book, Americanizing Britain: The Rise of Modernism in the Age of the Entertainment Empire, offers a refreshing approach that overcomes that constraint while showing how British national identity became a distinctly modernist concern. Abravanel masterfully demonstrates the ways that America's growing cultural influence provoked an anxiety to define or redefine what Britishness ­ as distinct from or even opposed to Americanness ­ would mean in the modernist era. The book shows how this transatlantic dialectic was a consequence of two obverse trajectories across the first half of the twentieth century: the decline of the British colonial empire and the rise of an American media empire. American jazz and Hollywood cinema, for example, exported Americanness not only to the former British colonies but also to Britain, effectively transforming the former colonial centre into one point within a culturally colonized periphery. Abravanel identifies a curious double-bind that confronted those http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Modernist Cultures Edinburgh University Press

On the Paradox of ‘British Modernism’ Genevieve Abravanel, Americanizing Britain: The Rise of Modernism in the Age of the Entertainment Empire (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012)

Modernist Cultures , Volume 11 (2): 293 – Jul 1, 2016

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Edinburgh University Press
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© Edinburgh University Press 2016
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Book Review; Film, Media and Cultural Studies
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2041-1022
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10.3366/mod.2016.0139
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BOOK REVIEW On the Paradox of `British Modernism' Genevieve Abravanel, Americanizing Britain: The Rise of Modernism in the Age of the Entertainment Empire (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012). 224pp. ISBN: 9780199754458. If the study of literary modernism along strict, national lines has long seemed a strange division of labour, Genevieve Abravanel's book, Americanizing Britain: The Rise of Modernism in the Age of the Entertainment Empire, offers a refreshing approach that overcomes that constraint while showing how British national identity became a distinctly modernist concern. Abravanel masterfully demonstrates the ways that America's growing cultural influence provoked an anxiety to define or redefine what Britishness ­ as distinct from or even opposed to Americanness ­ would mean in the modernist era. The book shows how this transatlantic dialectic was a consequence of two obverse trajectories across the first half of the twentieth century: the decline of the British colonial empire and the rise of an American media empire. American jazz and Hollywood cinema, for example, exported Americanness not only to the former British colonies but also to Britain, effectively transforming the former colonial centre into one point within a culturally colonized periphery. Abravanel identifies a curious double-bind that confronted those

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Modernist CulturesEdinburgh University Press

Published: Jul 1, 2016

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