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Written by some of the world's most distinguished Henry James scholars, this innovative collection of essays provides the most up-to-date scholarship on James's writings available today.* Provides an essential, up-to-date reference to the work and scholarship of Henry James* Features the writing of a wide range of James scholars* Places James's writings within national contexts-American, English, French, and Italian* Offers both an overview of contemporary James scholarship and a cutting edge resource for studying important individual topics
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  • Hardback | 520 pages
  • 171 x 252 x 33mm | 1,062g
  • Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • Chicester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1. Auflage
  • 1405140429
  • 9781405140423
  • 2,064,475

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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.


This text is organized into two sections. The first part of the volume presents James's most frequently read fiction and non-fiction. Chapters in the second section outline current approaches to the reading and teaching of James's writings. Additionally, special attention is given to understanding James in national contexts - American, English, French, and Italian - and to understanding his work in terms of the cultures which informed his life and writing.
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Table of contents

Notes on Contributors. Acknowledgments. Introduction. Chronology of Henry James's Life and Work. Part I: Fiction and Non-Fiction. 1. "Bad Years in the Matrimonial Market": James's Shorter Fiction 1865-1878 (Clair Hughes (retired)). 2. What Daisy Knew: Reading Against Type in Daisy Miller: A Study (Sarah Wadsworth, Marquette University). 3. Growing Up Absurd: The Search for Self in Henry James's The American (Wendy Graham, Vassar College). 4. Vital Illusions in The Portrait of a Lady (Peter Rawlings, University of the West of England). 5. The Bostonians and the Crisis of Vocation (Sarah B. Daugherty, Wichita State University). 6. "The Abysses of Silence" in The Turn of the Screw (Kimberly C. Reed, Lipscomb University). 7. On Maisie's Knowing Her Own Mind (Robert B. Pippin, University of Chicago). 8. "What woman was ever safe?" Dangerous Constructions of Womanhood in The Ambassadors (Anna Despotopoulou, University of Athens). 9. Unwrapping the Ghost: The Design Behind Henry James's The Wings of the Dove (Evelyne Ender, City University of New York). 10. Truth, Knowledge, and Magic in The Golden Bowl (Sigi Jottkandt, Jan van Eyck Academy). 11. Henry James and the (Un)Canny American Scene (Gert Buelens, Ghent University). 12. Revisitings and Revisions in the New York Edition of the Novels and Tales of Henry James (Philip Horne, University College London). 13. What We Don't Talk About When We Talk About Love: Henry James's Last Words (Michael Anesko, Pennsylvania State University). 14. Henry James, Cultural Critic (Pierre A. Walker, Salem State College). 15. Timeliness and Henry James's Letters (Greg W. Zacharias, Creighton University). Part II: Contexts for Reading Henry James. 16. A Brief Biography of Henry James (Jennifer Eimers, University of Georgia). 17. Jamesian Matter (Bill Brown, University of Chicago). 18. Henry James and the Sexuality of Literature: Before and Beyond Queer Theory (Natasha Hurley, University of Alberta). 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, University of Leeds). 20. Nothing Personal: Women Characters, Gender Ideology, and Literary Representation (Donatella Izzo, Universita di Napoli "L'Orientale"). 21. The Others: Henry James's Family (Linda Simon, Skidmore College). 22. Beyond the Rim: Camp Henry James (Jonathan Warren, York University, Toronto). 23. Henry James and the United States (John Carlos Rowe, University of Southern California). 24. Henry James and Britain: Nicola Bradbury (University of Reading). 25. Henry James in France (Julie Wolkenstein, Caen Basse-Normandie University). 26. Henry James and Italy (Rosella Mamoli Zorzi, University of Venice). 27. Henry James in the Public Sphere (Richard Salmon, University of Leeds). 28. James and Film (Susan M. Griffin, University of Louisville). Index.
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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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"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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About Greg W. Zacharias

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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