How One City’s Cultural Tradition Shaped American Identity in the Nineteenth Century. Essays on Henry James’s the Bostonians (1886)

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This work is a welcome addition to the existing scholarship on Henry James. While previous analyses have focused on the writer’s New York associations, this study offers a comprehensive examination of James’s Boston connections.


“The essays collected here reflect a fascinating range of approaches and topics—ethnicity, voice and sexual difference, slavery and marriage, Darwinism, journalism.” - Leland S. Pearson, Professor of English, University of Cincinnati

"The editor has framed her subject of James' connection to Boston in a wonderfully cogent fashion, offering topic areas that complement each other and build to a cumulative effect." - Prof. Kendall Johnson, Swarthmore College

". . . a well-researched and elegantly-written manuscript." Prof. Priscilla L. Walton, Carleton University

Table of Contents

Introduction – Elaine Pigeon
Part I – The Novel
Henry James's Bostonians: The Power of Paradigm, the Power of Place – Gert Buelens
Listening for Consciousness: Henry James, the vox Americana, and The BostoniansChristopher J. Lukasik
The Bostonians, or, Life Among the Bourgeoisie: From Uncle Tom’s Cabin to Olive Chancellor’s House – Elaine Pigeon
Part II – James’s Realism
The Other Bostonians: An ‘Irish Yoke’ in James’s Boston Novel – Eoin Cannon
A Sport of Nature: Reform Darwinism and The BostoniansAndrew Scheiber
‘Nobody Tells Fibs in Boston’: The Newspaper and the Novel in The BostoniansSari Edelstein
Part III – Boston as a State of Mind
Boston at Sea: Dislocating the City in ‘The Patagonia’ – Anne-Claire LeReste
Plunging Backward into Space: James’s Boston and His Sense of His Past in The American Scene – Christine DeVine
Part IV – Claiming Boston
‘A great little personage’: Henry James, Isabella Stewart Gardner, and the Boston Cultural Tradition – Rosella Mamoli Zorzi
James, the Bostonian – Pierre A. Walker
Notes on Contributors

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