Bill Bryson´s View of Great Britain and the USA in "Notes from a Small Island" and "Notes from a Big Country": A Comparative Enquiry of Anglo-American Novels in the Context of National Stereotyping

Bill Bryson´s View of Great Britain and the USA in "Notes from a Small Island" and "Notes from a Big Country": A Comparative Enquiry of Anglo-American Novels in the Context of National Stereotyping

Oliver Baum


Seminar paper from the yr 2007 within the topic American reports - Literature, grade: 3,0, college of Marburg (Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik), direction: Transatlantic Stereotyping - perspectives From / approximately either side of the sea, forty six entries within the bibliography, language: English, summary: feedback of Bryson’s novels isn't really complicated yet his narratives may be investigated when it comes to style, intertextuality, language, and nationality. This paper expands relating to Bryson’s view either one of nice Britain and the USA of the United States through nationwide stereotyping because it emerges from his novels Notes from a Small Island (1995) and Notes from a tremendous kingdom (1998). I retain that Bryson depicts Britain and the USA in an genuine and educative in addition to hilarious and exaggerated demeanour to stress modifications among the international locations in query. i'm going to turn out my thesis that Bryson either criticises and praises British and American values which impact the nationwide personality. Bryson conveys his nationwide perspectives either from the point of view of an insider and outsider.

William “Bill” McGuire Bryson used to be born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1951. In 1973, he travelled to England the place he grew to become accustomed to his spouse, Cynthia Billen, with whom he has 4 kids. Bryson lived in Yorkshire, again to the United States to graduate in 1995, and resided along with his family members in Norfolk, in 2003. whereas in the United States Bryson is famous for elaborating at the English language, he finished bestseller status with travelogues in nice Britain. even if he claims to not be a shuttle author simply because he “stumbled into this genre”, Bryson composes “books on go back and forth and the English language” during which his
“wanderlust and eccentricity” promise a different studying event (Oder 191).

Travel writing is a overlooked yet miscellaneous style of precedent days which flourished within the 16th century and encompasses narratives of expansionism, such as
encyclopaedic bills of international countries, and have become the imperative negotiator of propagating stereotypes in colonial novels. whereas Bryson’s trip novel Notes from a Small Island
depicts the good Britain he adores, he grudgingly wrote columns approximately the US which led to his journalistic novel Notes from an enormous kingdom.

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