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Haunted Museum : Longing, Travel, and the Art - Romance Tradition - Jonah Siegel

Haunted Museum

Longing, Travel, and the Art - Romance Tradition

Paperback Published: 25th July 2005
ISBN: 9780691120874
Number Of Pages: 328

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For centuries, southern Europe, and Italy in particular, has offered writers far more than an evocative setting for important works of literature. The voyage south has been an integral part of the imagination of inspiration. "Haunted Museum" is a groundbreaking, in-depth look at fantasies of Italy from the late eighteenth to the early twentieth centuries, focusing on a literary tradition Jonah Siegel terms the "art romance"--the fantastic voyage south understood as the register of an ambivalent desire for art and a heightened experience of reality.

Siegel argues that Italy's allure derives not only from its celebrated promise of unique natural beauty and prized antiquities, but from the opportunity it offers writers to place themselves in relation to a web of prior accounts of travel to the native land of genius. Beginning with Goethe as the founding figure of the tradition, "Haunted Museum" moves from a rich reframing of literature from the first half of the nineteenth century--including new readings of works by Byron, de Stael, Barrett Browning, and others--to an ambitious examination of Henry James's well-known engagement with Europe, newly understood as a response to this important literary legacy. Readings of works by Freud, Forster, Mann, and Proust demonstrate the longevity of the tradition of looking to Italy for the representation of desires as impossible to satisfy as they are to deny.

"Haunted Museum is a groundbreaking, in-depth look at fantasies of Italy from the late eighteenth to the early twentieth centuries, focusing on a literary tradition Jonah Siegel terms the 'art romance'--the fantastic voyage south understood as the register of an ambivalent desire for art and a heightened experience of reality."--Julien Desrochers, Fabula "Haunted Museum offers a wide-ranging and imaginatively wrought genealogy of narratives surrounding voyages to the South of culture by canonical European and Anglo-America authors, reaching from Goethe through Forster, Proust, Mann, and Freud."--Jennifer Scappettone, Modern Philology

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Preface: The Gesture Backp. xiii
Introduction: A Haunted Formp. 3
The Art Romancep. 19
The Song of Mignonp. 21
The Art-Romance Traditionp. 41
James in the Art Romancep. 83
Henry James: Impossible Artists and the Pleasures of Patronagep. 85
The Museum in the Romance: James with Hawthornep. 113
Speed, Desire, and the Museum: The Golden Bowl as Art Romancep. 149
Learned Longing: Modernism and the End of the Art Romancep. 171
Freud on the Road to Romep. 173
Speed, Romance, Desire: Forster, Proust, and Mann in Italyp. 195
Afterword: James, Freud, and the End of Romancep. 227
Notesp. 239
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ISBN: 9780691120874
ISBN-10: 0691120870
Series: Princeton Paperbacks
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 25th July 2005
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.2  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.53