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Henry James and the Culture of Publicity - Richard Salmon

Henry James and the Culture of Publicity

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This book examines the relationship between the writings of Henry James and the historical formation of mass culture. Throughout his career, James was concerned with such characteristically modern cultural forms as advertising, biography, and the new journalism, forms which together he termed the 'devouring publicity' of modern life. Richard Salmon's study situates James's fiction and criticism within the context of the contemporary debates surrounding these rival discursive practices. He explores both the nature of James's contribution to the critique of mass culture and the extent of his immersion within it. James's persistent and ambivalent negotiation of the boundaries between private and public experience ranged from a defence of the artist's right to privacy, to his own counter-practice of self-publicity. By drawing upon contemporary critical theory, Salmon offers a reassessment of the politics of James's cultural criticism.

"Salmon adds a quiet, thoughtful, solidly researched contribution to an area of James studies...Most useful for graduates, researchers, and faculty." Choice

Introduction
Transformations of the public sphere in The Bostonians
What the public wants: criticism, theatre and the 'masses'
'The insurmountable desire to know': privacy, biography, and The Aspern Papers
The power of the press: from scandal to hunger
The secret of the spectacle: advertising The Ambassadors; Postscript
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521562492
ISBN-10: 052156249X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 246
Published: 13th October 1997
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.53