England My England: Anglophilia Explained

A 29-page essay, published on March 11, 2013, as a Kindle single by Thought Catalog, on the American obsession with Britishness, and what it means.



DOWNLOADABLE NOW, MY FIRST E-SINGLE, a longform essay called “England My England: Anglophilia Explained.” (It’s available at iBookstore, too, I’m told, and coming soon to B&N.) What do you get for your $2.99? Nearly 8,000 (!) words of brow-furrowing about why some native-born residents of our Shining City Upon a Hill, where All Men Are Created Equal, are seduced by the fluting tones of manor-born privilege.

Time-conservation keywords: Class, power, Downton Abbey, Hitchens, Orwell, the “special relationship,” the monarchy, Dianaphiles, “Boy’s Own Paper,” “The Children’s Wonder Book in Colour,” the seductions of the Oxbridge accent, the Incredible Whiteness of Hogwarts, Mel Gibson’s blue-faced Scottish minstrelsy, the English Vice, marmite, suet, Jethro Tull, nursery literature as the script for all our dreams.

Here’s an excerpt. Want more? Here’s a brief interview with me, about the essay, by my publisher.

England My England explores, with Dery’s customary forensic analysis and Menckenesque wit, the banality of contemporary American culture, which he suffered as a small-town kid who found solace in subversive aspects of Englishness. Dery uses his personal experiences as microcosmic takes on the larger questions of American life, showing how the individual and the wider culture make each other. This isn’t some mere writer’s shtick but a technique for structuring cultural criticism in a way that is relevant to the reader. It is a discursive form that blends the pleasures of evocatively written memoir with the intellectual zing of sharply observed analysis.”

–Jim Lawrence, Brain Bubbles


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