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By B. Miller

In an cutting edge examining of fin-de-si?cle cultural texts, Brook Miller argues that British representations of the USA, american citizens, and Anglo-American kinfolk on the flip of the 20th century supplied an enormous discussion board for cultural distinction.  interpreting America, Miller finds, provided an oblique type of self-scrutiny for British writers and readers, who remained accurately insulated by means of the prevalence that critiquing American distinction invoked.

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Against the slow, organic forces of Old World growth, they set the New World’s raw, competitive unfinishedness” (39). Moreover, Rodgers notes several British social reformers promoting these themes: “Samuel Barnett thought America’s people had ‘no conception of the state as an entity, no idea of America as a whole, no national consciousness’ . . ’ John Burns reiterated the theme: the promise of America was ‘circumscribed and impeded by the undue exaltation of the Unit over the Aggregate, of the Individual as against the Community, of the Monopoly as against the State’” (43).

Coupled with the satirical aspects of the old stereotype of John Bull—a preening desire for flattery, a quick temper, and a single-minded pursuit of business—the late Victorian imagination populated its descriptions of Americans with the ghosts of its own discarded national images. Americans’ insistence upon the exceptional nature of its institutions and identity, coupled with America’s extension of sovereignty over its hemispheric neighbors would seem a travesty of the mid-Victorian consensus.

British travel writers, themselves the representatives of middle class interests, were forced to elide or explain away the contradictions inherent in adopting a position similar to de Tocqueville’s. Their own dependence upon individualist social and economic developments (or, to put it better, upon the leveling effects of nineteenth century capitalism) gave the lie to accusations that America suffered from excessive individualism. com - licensed to Universitetsbiblioteket i Tromsoe - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-05 30 31 In the years of greatest British prosperity and before the franchise had been extended by the 1867 Reform Bill, this contradiction could be glossed over rather easily.

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