Anglophilia: Deference, Devotion, and Antebellum America by Elisa Tamarkin

By Elisa Tamarkin

Anglophilia charts the phenomenon of the affection of england that emerged after the Revolution and is still within the personality of U.S. society and sophistication, the fashion of educational lifestyles, and the belief of yankee intellectualism. yet as Tamarkin exhibits, this Anglophilia used to be greater than simply an elite nostalgia; it was once well known devotion that made reverence for British culture instrumental to the mental techniques of democracy. Anglophilia spoke to fantasies of cultural belonging, well mannered sociability, and, eventually, deference itself as an affective perform inside egalitarian politics.


Tamarkin strains the wide-ranging results of anglophilia on American literature, artwork and highbrow existence within the early 19th century, in addition to its impression in arguments opposed to slavery, within the politics of Union, and within the dialectics of liberty and loyalty sooner than the civil warfare. via operating past narratives of British impression, Tamarkin highlights a extra complex tradition of yank reaction, person who integrated Whig elites, students, radical democrats, city immigrants, and African american citizens. eventually, Anglophila argues that that the affection of england was once now not easily a fetish or type of shame-a unlock from the burdens of yankee culture-but an anachronistic constitution of attachement during which U.S. identification was once lived in different languages of nationwide expression.

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