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Cross-Cultural Encounters between the Mediterranean and the English-Speaking Worlds

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Edited By Christine Reynier

The Mediterranean world has long had strong cultural links to Great Britain as well as to the United States. Through the analysis of artistic objects and critical writings that crystallise this encounter, the essays in this volume demonstrate the variety and complexity of the connections between two geographical zones and two or more cultures.
Mediterranean cultures are shown to haunt American and British culture and artistic productions. The relation between British and American literature and art on the one hand, and Mediterranean arts on the other goes beyond the mere inscription of British and American culture in a Mediterranean tradition. British and American culture and art come out as unearthing a wide variety of Mediterranean artistic forms, renewing and transforming them.
This collection shows how lively the encounter between the Mediterranean and the English-Speaking worlds still is. It highlights how much English as well as American culture and art owe today to the Mediterranean ones; how, mainly in the fields of literature and art, the two civilisations have never discontinued the dialogue they adumbrated centuries ago.

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CHRISTINE REYNIER Introduction............................................................................................... 7 Part One Ambivalent Encounters between the Mediterranean World and the United States MARC SMITH Importing Masters and Culture: Or Why Create the Art Market? .......... 13 GUILLAUME TANGUY The Museum and the Mosaic: Anti-Mythology or Counter-Mythology in Edith Wharton’s The Custom of the Country (1913)? ........................ 31 VINCENT DUSSOL Ed Dorn, an American Heretic in Languedoc ......................................... 45 Part Two Defamiliarising Englishness or Britishness as Openness to the Mediterranean FABIENNE COUÉCOU Ford Madox Ford’s England and the English: The Language of the Troubadours or Englishness Revisited ................. 67 JONATHAN POLLOCK Lucretius, Bruno and Finnegans Wake ................................................... 81 CLAIRE HÉLIE Basil Bunting’s Briggflatts (1965) and Lucretius’s The Nature of the Universe (1st c. B.C.): Transposing Mediterranean Contents into Northern Forms ................... 91 6 Table of Contents JUSTINE GONNEAUD The Myth of the Androgynous in Jeanette Winterson’s The.PowerBook ................................................. 105 JEAN-MICHEL GANTEAU Mediterranean Englishness: Another Progress of Romance ................. 117 Part Three Shaping the Encounter between the Mediterranean and the English-Speaking Worlds: The Role of Stereotypes MARIE-CHRISTINE ROCHMANN Louis-Xavier Eyma, Reader of George Catlin ...................................... 133 CATHERINE DELYFER New Woman Fiction, Gender and Empire: Egyptian Encounters and Subversions in Marie Corelli’s Ziska (1896) and Victoria Cross’s Six Chapters of a Man’s Life (1903) ................... 149 ANNE-MARIE MOTARD AND HUBERT PERES George Orwell and the Spanish Civil War: The Discovery of Totalitarianism ......................................................... 163 Part Four Displacing the Encounter to Art Criticism and Literary Criticism: Towards a Reappraisal of the Role of the Mediterranean CHRISTINE REYNIER Confronting Mediterranean and English Values in Clive Bell’s Civilisation and Art: Towards...

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