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Atlantic Republic: The American Tradition in English by Paul Giles

By Paul Giles

Atlantic Republic strains the legacy of the USA either as a spot and as an idea within the paintings of English writers from 1776 to the current day. Seeing the disputes of the Reformation as a precursor to this transatlantic divide, it argues that the USA has operated because the Revolution as a focus for numerous traditions of dissent inside English tradition. through ranging over writers from Richard fee and Susanna Rowson within the 1790s to Angela Carter and Salman Rushdie on the flip of the twenty-first century, the e-book argues that the United States haunts the English literary culture as a parallel house the place ideology and aesthetics are configured in a different way. for that reason, it indicates, the various key episodes in British history-parliamentary reform within the 1830s, the imperial designs of the Victorian period, the twentieth-century clash with fascism, the development of globalization for the reason that 1980-have been formed via implicit dialogues with American cultural versions. instead of easily reinforcing the benign delusion of a 'special relationship', Paul Giles considers how a variety of English writers over the last two hundred years have engaged with the US for numerous complex purposes: its promise of political republicanism (Byron, Mary Shelley); its emphasis on non secular disestablishment (Clough, Gissing); its prospect of pastoral regeneration (Ruxton, Lawrence); its imaginative and prescient of medical futurism (Huxley, Ballard). The e-book additionally analyses the advanced cultural kinfolk among Britain and the USA round the time of the second one global battle, suggesting that writers similar to Wodehouse, Isherwood, and Auden understood the USA and Germany to supply replacement types of the type of technological modernity that seemed both adverse to standard types of English tradition. The ebook ends with a attention of the way within which the canon of English literature may seem in a distinct mild if noticeable from a transnational instead of a well-recognized nationwide point of view.

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In its emphasis on the machinic functioning of the text, cybertext theory stops short of identifying the aesthetic implications of an exchange across or between functions. With regard to narrative poetics in particular, the dynamics of repetition underscore the ways in which active links must be considered as integral not only to the technological and material constitution of the text but to its formal and semantic constitution as well. Network fictions radically foreground repetition. Recursion, reflexivity, and refrain are all specific modes of repetition that are manifest in literary works.

The repetition of such textual elements can occur in varied ways, with anything from a few or a few hundred nodes in between recurrences. In “Nonce upon Some Times: Re-reading Hypertext Fiction,” a chapter of his Othermindedness, Joyce (2000) uses a simple chronological story sequence in four parts to demonstrate more specific forms of narrative return and their effects: “[1] Two people meet. [2] They fall in love. [3] They quarrel and part. [4] They reconcile” (134). He supposes that from the fourth part, a link returns us to the second.

I do not think they ever take these garments off, let alone bathe. I am beginning to be able to distinguish individuals with my eyes closed, by their scent. ” But a subsequent reading of Aric’s node, which readers can return to through a series of bifurcations, can bring the detail back into consciousness in light of the Historian’s note. Even though there is no knowledge or mention of the cave dwellers in Aric’s present, the detail of the cave’s stench allows the reader to see what Aric cannot and, in turn, establish an association between the cave dwellers (who, it becomes clear, may be more than the stuff of distant myth), the Good Doctor, and quite possibly the murder.

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