Henry James On Stage And Screen

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In the 1890s, when Henry James tried to achieve fame and financial security by turbaning to the theater, he was unceremoniously booed off the stage. Since the 1940s and '50s his fiction has nevertheless been consistently interpreted by composers and film directors, culminating in the recent film adaptations of his novels by Merchant-Ivory, Jane Campion, and Iain Softley. Henry James on Stage and Screen traces this historical development.

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Overview

In the 1890s, when Henry James tried to achieve fame and financial security by turbaning to the theater, he was unceremoniously booed off the stage. Since the 1940s and '50s his fiction has nevertheless been consistently interpreted by composers and film directors, culminating in the recent film adaptations of his novels by Merchant-Ivory, Jane Campion, and Iain Softley. Henry James on Stage and Screen traces this historical development.

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As we learn in the opening essay, in the 1890's James himself tried to write for theater, with no success. Half a century later, James's work began appearing on stage and on screen, including recent films (all discussed here) by Merchant-Ivory, Jane Campion, and Iain Softley. Bradley (former editor, , and writer and editor of studies on Henry James) has selected 15 essays by writers and professors of English that trace the work of James in opera, film, theater, and the BBC. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333792148
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 12/8/2000
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 278
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

John R. Bradley is an independent scholar.

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Table of Contents

Henry James on Stage: "That Sole Intensity which the Theatre can Produce"—Sheldon M. Novick
• "The Master's Voice": Henry James and Opera—Michael Halliwell
• Henry James: Varieties of Cinematic Experience—Philip Horne
• The End of Embroidery: from Washington Square to The Heiress —Peter Swaab
• Ceremonies of Innocence: Men, Boys and Women in The Turban of the Screw —Michelle Deutsch
• Frank and Jim Go Boating: Henry James and the French New Wave—David Van Leer
• Black and White and Shades of Grey: Ambiguity in The Innocents —Val Wilson
• Enduring Ephemera: James Cellan Jones, Henry James, and the BBC—Neil Berry
• Framing the "sketch": Bogdanovich's Daisy Miller—David Cross
• Marriage, Influence and Deception: Merchant Ivory's The Europeans and The Bostonians —Elizabeth Brake
• "Exquisite Taste": The Recent Henry James Films as Milddlebrow Culture—Mark Eaton
• The Consciousness on the Cutting Room Floor: Jane Campion's The Portrait of a Lady —Michael Anesko
• For Mature Viewers: Sexuality and Gender in Recent Film Adaptations of Henry James's Fiction—John Carlos Rowe
• How To Do Things To Words: Making Language Immaterial in The Wings of the Dove —Marcia Ian
• Portraits of Lady Chatterleys: Jamesean Dilemmas, Lawrencian Eros and the Triumph of Cinematic Adaptations in The Wings of the Dove —Richard A. Kaye, ed.

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