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Anglophilia: Deference, Devotion, and Antebellum America

Elisa Tamarkin


This book charts the phenomenon of the love of Britain that emerged after the Revolution and remains in the character of U.S. society and class, the style of academic life, and the idea of American intellectualism. But as the author shows, this Anglophilia was more than just an elite nostalgia; it was popular devotion that made reverence for British tradition instrumental to the psychological innovations of democracy. Anglophilia spoke to fantasies of cultural belonging, polite sociability, and, finally, deference itself as an affective practice within egalitarian politics. The author traces t ... More

Keywords: Anglophilia, love of Britain, American intellectualism, popular devotion, British tradition, reverence, psychological innovations, democracy, cultural belonging, polite sociability

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780226789446
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226789439.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elisa Tamarkin, author