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Culture MattersAnglo-American Relations and the Intangibles of 'Specialness'$
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Robert M. Hendershot and Steve Marsh

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781526151421

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.7765/9781526151438

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Towards Something Fresh?

Towards Something Fresh?

P. G. Wodehouse, transatlantic romances in fiction, and the Anglo-American relationship

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(p.18) 1 Towards Something Fresh?
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Culture Matters
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Finn Pollard

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7765/9781526151438.00006

Srdjan Vucetic builds upon his previous work on the cultural infrastructure of British society by examining the meanings of America embedded in British school textbooks published throughout the period of the special relationship. As textbooks directly shape, and are shaped by, the discourses of national identity, this source material is fertile ground for the assessment of representations of the United States, and by extension Anglo-American relations, which exist in the British national consciousness. Vucetic employs an inductivist discourse analysis of textbooks to identify three ‘master images’ of the United States that have been mostly positive, exhibit impressive continuity over time, and have the ability to influence the cultural underpinnings of the special relationship.

Keywords:   Anglo-American, special relationship, textbooks, national identity, cultural history, transatlantic studies, education

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