By B. Miller
In an leading edge interpreting of fin-de-si?cle cultural texts, Brook Miller argues that British representations of the USA, american citizens, and Anglo-American relatives on the flip of the 20 th century supplied a big discussion board for cultural distinction. examining America, Miller finds, provided an oblique kind of self-scrutiny for British writers and readers, who remained competently insulated via the prevalence that critiquing American distinction invoked.
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Performance of intertextual mastery, in which the narrator’s perspective reflects awareness of other opinions about America and Americans 2. A focus upon the limitations of the American and British publics 3. Emphasis upon privacy in contrast to the homogenizing and stultifying effects of public discourse, often manifested in personal anecdotes These themes develop through the travel narrative of the nineteenth century. In performing culture in these ways, travel narrators establish the terms of an ideal British subjectivity and articulate the failures of both British and American subjects to rise to them.
Including] changes in the Press, without whose advancement no advancement can take place anywhere” (280). The postscript reprints a speech Dickens delivered at a public dinner given by the New York Press in 1868. While he begins, then, with praise, he humorously chides the Press for an ongoing lack of veracity: “I rather think that I have in one or two instances observed its information to be not strictly accurate with reference to myself” (Dickens 281). In these late editions, Dickens not only tailors his message to particular audiences but also extends the dialogism within American Notes outward into the discursive context of its reception.
An incarnation of your most recondite and specialized fantasies, in discovering America you are discovering yourself. Europe equips you with a hereditary, natal self. com - licensed to Universitetsbiblioteket i Tromsoe - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-05 The Americanization of the World (1902) and Philip Burne-Jones’s Dollars and Democracy (1904). America and the British Imaginary self better adjusted to the individual you have become since outgrowing the impositions of birth. The Victorians felt threatened by America for this very reason: it was a society in which people conferred values on themselves, not the kind of society represented by Victorian novels, in which the attribution of character is society’s enfranchisement of creatures who have no reality outside it” (5).
America and the British Imaginary in Turn-of-the-Twentieth-Century Literature by B. Miller