Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Americanizing BritainThe Rise of Modernism in the Age of the Entertainment Empire$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Genevieve Abravanel

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199754458

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199754458.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 25 February 2020

The Entertainment Empire

The Entertainment Empire

Britain's Hollywood between the Wars

(p.85) 3 The Entertainment Empire
Americanizing Britain

Genevieve Abravanel

Oxford University Press

In the period shortly after the First World War, the vast majority of films viewed in Britain and its Empire came from America. This worrisome state of affairs led some British politicians, cultural critics, and writers to assert in all seriousness that Hollywood film had the potential to undermine the British Empire. This chapter introduces the concept of the “entertainment empire” in order to explain how some in Britain perceived American entertainment as a new kind of imperialism, one based less on colonial occupation and more on the marketing of mass-reproduced leisure. The chapter further considers how a group of modernist film critics including H.D., Bryher, and Kenneth Macpherson recast the aesthetic philosophy of their pioneering journal, Close Up, in reaction to the new sounds of Hollywood.

Keywords:   Hollywood, close up, H.D. Bryher, Kenneth Macpherson, blackmail, American English, borderline, Aldous Huxley, Evelyn Waugh

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .