The Transatlantic Genealogy of American Anglo-Saxonism

1st Edition

Michael Modarelli

Published September 18, 2018
Reference - 214 Pages
ISBN 9781138352605 - CAT# K395429
Series: Routledge Studies in Cultural History


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This book traces the myth of Anglo-Saxonism as it crosses from Britain to the New World as both a cultural construct and ideological nation-building tool. Through extensive investigations of both early American and English cultural attitudes toward Anglo-Saxonism and similar texts, the book advances the claim that the ways in which Anglo-Saxon authors envisioned history as unfolding becomes an important ideological model for later New World conceptions of historical and national identity. From this beginning, the book follows the influence of this adopted American Anglo-Saxonism in early American literature and the socio-cultural implications that follow upon this influence.

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