A Companion to Henry James / Edition 1

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Overview

Written by some of the best known and distinguished Henry James scholars, this innovative text provides up-to-date scholarship on James's writings. Read together, the chapters of this Companion map the direction of contemporary James studies. Taken separately, each one offers a concise, contemporary reference to the most extensively studied writings and critiques in the field.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This book, though, amply repays reading as a whole and in order, an achievement for a volume comprising twenty-eight separate essays. The whole hangs together and enriches each of the parts, leaving its reader enriched and encouraged to return to the essays to review (or revise, an important Jamesian term) facets of essays now highlighted by others." (English Studies, 2011)

"A Companion to Henry James is highly recommended for all libraries collecting on Anglo-American literature and culture." (Reference Reviews, 2009)

“Lovers of Henry James will be thrilled with this collection, which, as Zacharias notes in his introduction, aims to ‘represent the diversity and richness of James studies today.’” (Choice Reviews, June 2009)

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Meet the Author

Greg W. Zacharias is professor of English and director of the Center for Henry James Studies at Creighton University. He is Co-general Editor with Pierre A. Walker of The Complete Letters of Henry James (Nebraska) and Executive Director of the Henry James Society.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Greg W. Zacharias Zacharias, Greg W. 1

Chronology of Henry James's Life and Work Jennifer Eimers Eimers, Jennifer 4

Pt. I Fiction and Non-Fiction 15

1 Bad Years in the Matrimonial Market: James's Shorter Fiction, 1865-1878 Clair Hughes Hughes, Clair 17

2 What Daisy Knew: Reading Against Type in Daisy Miller: A Study Sarah Wadsworth Wadsworth, Sarah 32

3 Growing Up Absurd: The Search for Self in Henry James's The American Wendy Graham Graham, Wendy 51

4 Vital Illusions in The Portrait of a Lady Peter Rawlings Rawlings, Peter 70

5 The Bostonians and the Crisis of Vocation Sarah Daugherty Daugherty, Sarah 88

6 "The Abysses of Silence" in The Turn of the Screw Kimberly C. Reed Reed, Kimberly C. 100

7 On Maisie's Knowing Her Own Mind Robert B. Pippin Pippin, Robert B. 121

8 "What woman was ever safe?" Dangerous Constructions of Womanhood in The Ambassadors Anna Despotoponlou Despotoponlou, Anna 139

9 Unwrapping the Ghost: The Design Behind Henry James's The Wings of the Dare Evelyne Ender Ender, Evelyne 156

10 Truth, Knowledge, and Magic in The Golden Bowl Sigi Jottkandt Jottkandt, Sigi 176

11 Henry James and the (Un)Canny American Scene Gert Buelens Buelens, Gert 193

12 Revisiting and Revisions in the New York Edition of the Novels and Tales of Henry James Philip Horne Horne, Philip 208

13 What We Don't Talk About When We Talk About Love: Henry James's Last Words Michael Anesko Anesko, Michael 231

14 Henry James, Cultural Critic Pierre A. Walker Walker, Pierre A. 249

15 Timeliness and Henry James's Letters Greg W. Zucharieis Zucharieis, Greg W. 261

Pt. II Contexts for Reading Henry James

16 A Brief Biography of HenryJames Jennifer Eimers Eimers, Jennifer 277

17 Jamesian Matter Bill Brown Brown, Bill 292

18 Henry James and the Sexuality of Literature: Before and Beyond Queer Theory Natasha Hurley Hurley, Natasha 309

19 Exuberance and the Spaces of Inept: Instruction: Robert Baden Powell's Scouting for Boys and Henry James's The Art of the Novel Denis Flannery Flannery, Denis 324

20 Nothing Personal: Women Characters, Gender Ideology, and Literary Representation Donatella Izzo Izzo, Donatella 343

21 The Others: Henry James's Family Linda Simon Simon, Linda 360

22 Beyond the Rim: Camp Henry James Jonathan Warren Warren, Jonathan 374

23 Henry James and the United Stares John Carlos Rowe Rowe, John Carlos 390

24 Henry James and Britain Nicola Bradbury Bradbury, Nicola 400

25 Henry James in France Julie Wolkenstein Wolkenstein, Julie 416

26 Henry James and Italy Rosella Mamoli Zorzi Zorzi, Rosella Mamoli 434

27 Henry James in the Public Sphere Richard Salmon Salmon, Richard 456

28 James and Film Susan M. Griffin Griffin, Susan M. 472

Index 490

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