The American Tradition in English Literature
By (author) Paul Giles
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Atlantic Republic by Paul Giles
Book DescriptionAtlantic Republic traces the legacy of the United States both as a place and as an idea in the work of English writers from 1776 to the present day. Seeing the disputes of the Reformation as a precursor to this transatlantic divide, it argues that America has operated since the Revolution as a focal point for various traditions of dissent within English culture. By ranging over writers from Richard Price and Susanna Rowson in the 1790s to Angela Carter and Salman Rushdie at the turn of the twenty-first century, the book argues that America haunts the English literary tradition as a parallel space where ideology and aesthetics are configured differently. Consequently, it suggests, many of the key episodes in British history-parliamentary reform in the 1830s, the imperial designs of the Victorian era, the twentieth-century conflict with fascism, the advance of globalization since 1980-have been shaped by implicit dialogues with American cultural models. Rather than simply reinforcing the benign myth of a 'special relationship', Paul Giles considers how various English writers over the past 200 years have engaged with America for various complicated reasons: its promise of political republicanism (Byron, Mary Shelley); its emphasis on religious disestablishment (Clough, Gissing); its prospect of pastoral regeneration (Ruxton, Lawrence); its vision of scientific futurism (Huxley, Ballard). The book also analyses the complex cultural relations between Britain and the United States around the time of the Second World War, suggesting that writers such as Wodehouse, Isherwood, and Auden understood the United States and Germany to offer alternative versions of the kind of technological modernity that appeared equally hostile to traditional forms of English culture. The book ends with a consideration of ways in which the canon of English literature might appear in a different light if seen from a transnational rather than a familiar national perspective.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199206339
(240mm x 165mm x 27mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 23-Nov-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Paul Giles
Antipodean America, Hardback (January 2014)
A sweeping study that spans two continents and over three hundred years of literary history, Antipodean America identifies the surprising affinites between Australian and American literature.
Global Remapping of American Literature, Hardback (January 2011)
Charts how the cartographies of American literature as an institutional category have varied. Arguing that American literature was consolidated as a distinctively nationalist entity only in the wake of the U S Civil War, this title identifies this formation as extending until the beginning of the Reagan presidency in 1981.
Transnationalism in Practice, Hardback (July 2010)
This volume brings together a collection of 14 essays in the fields of American studies, literature and religion written between 1994 and 2009 by the UK's leading critic in this area. There is also a new introduction.
Atlantic Republic, Paperback (June 2009)» View all books by Paul Giles
This book describes a tradition of English literary figures from 1776 to the present day who have either emigrated to the United States or whose writing has been shaped by American ideas. The writers discussed include Lord Byron, Charles Dickens, D. H. Lawrence, P. G. Wodehouse, and Angela Carter.
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Author Biography - Paul Giles
Born in London in 1957, Paul Giles was educated at Oxford University and has taught at the Universities of Cambridge, Nottingham, and Staffordshire as well as at Portland State University in Oregon. He is currently Director of the Rothermere American Institute at Oxford University and President of the International American Studies Association.
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