A Companion to Henry James / Edition 1

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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).

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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors x

Acknowledgments xiv

Introduction 1
Greg W. Zacharias

Chronology of Henry James’s Life and Work 4
Jennifer Eimers

Part I Fiction and Non-Fiction 15

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

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

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

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

5 The Bostonians and the Crisis of Vocation 88
Sarah Daugherty

6 “The Abysses of Silence” in The Turn of the Screw 100
Kimberly C. Reed

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

8 “What woman was ever safe?” Dangerous Constructions of Womanhood in The Ambassadors 139
Anna Despotopoulou

9 Unwrapping the Ghost: The Design Behind Henry James’s The Wings of the Dove 156
Evelyne Ender

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

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

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

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

14 Henry James, Cultural Critic 249
Pierre A. Walker

15 Timeliness and Henry James’s Letters 261
Greg W. Zacharias

Part II Contexts for Reading Henry James 275

16 A Brief Biography of Henry James 277
Jennifer Eimers

17 Jamesian Matter 292
Bill Brown

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

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

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

21 The Others: Henry James’s Family 360
Linda Simon

22 Beyond the Rim: Camp Henry James 374
Jonathan Warren

23 Henry James and the United States 390
John Carlos Rowe

24 Henry James and Britain 400
Nicola Bradbury

25 Henry James in France 416
Julie Wolkenstein

26 Henry James and Italy 434
Rosella Mamoli Zorzi

27 Henry James in the Public Sphere 456
Richard Salmon

28 James and Film 472
Susan M. Griffin

Index 490

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