The Ethnography of Manners: Hawthorne, James and Wharton

The Ethnography of Manners: Hawthorne, James and Wharton

by Nancy Bentley
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521039665

ISBN-13: 9780521039666

Pub. Date: 08/18/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book examines fiction and ethnography as related forms for analysing and exhibiting social life. Focusing on the novels of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry James, and Edith Wharton, the study argues that novels and ethnographies collaborated to produce an unstable but powerful master discourse of 'culture', a discourse that allowed writers to turn new social

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This book examines fiction and ethnography as related forms for analysing and exhibiting social life. Focusing on the novels of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry James, and Edith Wharton, the study argues that novels and ethnographies collaborated to produce an unstable but powerful master discourse of 'culture', a discourse that allowed writers to turn new social energies and fears into particular kinds of authorial expertise. Crossing a range of institutions (anthropology, literature, museums, law) and texts (novels, ethnographies, travel books, social theory), this study allows fiction to take its place in a web of social practices that categorize, display and regulate what Wharton calls 'the customs of the country'.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521039666
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/18/2007
Series:
Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture Series, #90
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; 1. The equivocation of culture; 2. Nathaniel Hawthorne and the fetish of race; 3. The discipline of manners; 4. Henry James and magical property; 5. Edith Wharton and the alienation of divorce; Notes; Index.

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