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Henry James in Context : Literature in Context - David McWhirter

Henry James in Context

Literature in Context

By: David McWhirter (Editor)

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Published: 1st November 2010
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Long misread as a novelist conspicuously lacking in historical consciousness, Henry James has often been viewed as detached from, and uninterested in, the social, political, and material realities of his time. As this volume demonstrates, however, James was acutely responsive not only to his era's changing attitudes toward gender, sexuality, class, and ethnicity, but also to changing conditions of literary production and reception, the rise of consumerism and mass culture, and the emergence of new technologies and media, of new apprehensions of time and space. These essays portray the author and his works in the context of the modernity that determined, formed, interested, appalled, and/or provoked his always curious mind. With contributions from an international cast of distinguished scholars, Henry James in Context provides a map of leading edge work in contemporary James studies, an invaluable reference work for students and scholars, and a blueprint for possible future directions.

'Not only a sober, practical guide to the requirements of James studies in the twenty-first century, Henry James in Context also displays abundant examples of elegant writing, trenchant reading, and playful thinking.' Dennis Flannery, The Henry James Review

List of illustrationsp. ix
Notes on contributorsp. x
Prefacep. xix
List of abbreviationsp. xxii
Chronologyp. xxiv
Life and Career, Times and Placesp. 1
Nineteenth-century America (1843-1870)p. 3
Nineteenth-century Europe (1843-1900)p. 14
Victorian England (1870-1890)p. 26
Fin-de-si├Ęcle London (1890-1900)p. 37
The twentieth-century world (1901-1916)p. 47
Autobiographies and biographiesp. 58
Letters and notebooksp. 68
The James familyp. 80
Historical and Cultural Contextsp. 91
Aestheticism and Decadencep. 93
Authorshipp. 105
Childrenp. 115
Consumer culturep. 126
Cosmopolitanismp. 138
Courtship, marriage, familyp. 150
Ethicsp. 161
Languagep. 171
Lawp. 180
Mannersp. 192
Media and communication technologiesp. 203
Modernismp. 214
Money and classp. 224
Museums and exhibitionsp. 234
Nationalism and imperialismp. 246
Print culturep. 258
Psychologyp. 270
Racep. 280
Realism and naturalismp. 292
Sexualities and sexologyp. 301
Social sciences and the disciplinesp. 310
Thingsp. 321
Timep. 332
Travel and tourismp. 343
Urbanityp. 354
Visual culturep. 364
Women and menp. 378
Workp. 389
Receptionp. 401
Publishing history and contemporary receptionp. 403
Critical response, 1916-1947p. 412
Critical response, 1947-1985p. 423
Recent criticism (since 1985)p. 435
Translation and international receptionp. 445
Further readingp. 459
Indexp. 479
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ISBN: 9780521514613
ISBN-10: 0521514614
Series: Literature in Context
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 528
Published: 1st November 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 3.1
Weight (kg): 0.97