Written against the backdrop of Brexit, this short article examines the long history of
British disregard for modernist and experimental avant-garde aesthetics, one frequently
commented upon by critics and artists over the past century. In What Ever Happened to
Modernism? Josipovici added his voice to this chorus, but his focus on British insularity
went unremarked by reviewers. In addition to considering this more recent text, the
article lingers over Josipovici’s ‘English Studies and European Culture’, an essay written
in the 1970s that presciently explores the symbiotic and primary relationship between
England and the continent.