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 assumption of yank intellectualism. yet as Tamarkin exhibits, this Anglophilia used to be greater than simply an elite nostalgia; it was once renowned devotion that made reverence for British culture instrumental to the mental thoughts of democracy. Anglophilia spoke to fantasies of cultural belonging, well mannered sociability, and, eventually, deference itself as an affective perform inside egalitarian politics.


Tamarkin lines the wide-ranging results of anglophilia on American literature, paintings and highbrow lifestyles within the early 19th century, in addition to its impact in arguments opposed to slavery, within the politics of Union, and within the dialectics of liberty and loyalty prior to the civil conflict. via operating past narratives of British impact, Tamarkin highlights a extra problematic tradition of yankee reaction, person who incorporated Whig elites, students, radical democrats, city immigrants, and African american citizens. eventually, Anglophila argues that that the affection of england used to be now not easily a fetish or kind of shame-a free up from the burdens of yankee culture-but an anachronistic constitution of attachement within which U.S. identification used to be lived in different languages of nationwide expression.

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