The Trial of Curiosity: Henry James, William James, and the Challenge of Modernity / Edition 1

The Trial of Curiosity: Henry James, William James, and the Challenge of Modernity / Edition 1

by Ross Posnock
     
 

In this important revisionist study, Posnock integrates literary and psychological criticism with social and cultural theory to make a major advance in our understanding of the life and thought of two great American figures, Henry and William James. Challenging canonical images of both brothers, Posnock is the first to place them in a rich web of cultural and

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In this important revisionist study, Posnock integrates literary and psychological criticism with social and cultural theory to make a major advance in our understanding of the life and thought of two great American figures, Henry and William James. Challenging canonical images of both brothers, Posnock is the first to place them in a rich web of cultural and intellectual affiliations comprised of a host of American and European theorists of modernity. A startlingly new Henry James emerges from a cross-disciplinary dialogue, which features Veblen, Santayana, Bourne, and Dewey, as well as Weber, Simmel, Benjamin, and Adorno.

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ISBN-13:
9780195071245
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/28/1991
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
382
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.12(d)

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Table of Contents

1.Introduction: Master and Worm; Anarchist and Idiot3
Part IThe Trial of Curiosity
2.Henry and William James and the Trial of Curiosity27
3."On a Certain Blindness": Henry James and the Politics of Cultural Response54
4."The Religion of Doing": Breaking the Aura of Henry James80
5.Abolishing the Logic of Identity: Contexts and Consequences105
Part IIThe Challenge of Modernity
6."Adventures of the Critical Spirit": Rereading The American Scene141
7."At the Active Pitch": Mimetic Selfhood in James's Autobiography167
8.Lifting the Yoke of the Genteel: Henry James, George Santayana, and Howard Sturgis193
9.Going to Smash: Violence in The Ambassadors221
10."The Amazing Hotel-World": The American Scene of 1904250
Coda: The Politics of Nonidentity285
Notes293
Works Cited337
Index349

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