Alice James

Publisher : New York Review of Books
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ISBN : 1590174720
Pages : 400 pages
Rating Book: 4.9/5 (59 users)

Download or read book Alice James written by Jean Strouse and published by New York Review of Books. This book was released on 2011-11-01 with total page 400 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The Jameses are perhaps the most extraordinary and distinguished family in American intellectual life. Henry’s novels, celebrated as among the finest in the language, and William’s groundbreaking philosophical and psychological works, have won these brothers a permanent place at the center of the nation’s cultural firmament. Less well known is their enigmatic younger sister, Alice. As Jean Stouse’s generous, probing, and deeply imaginative biography shows, however, Alice James was a fascinating and exceptional figure in her own right. Tortured throughout her short life by an array of nervous disorders, constrained by social convention from achieving the worldly success she so desired, Alice nevertheless emerges from this remarkable book as a personality every bit as peculiar and engaging as her two famous brothers. “The moral and philosophical questions that Henry wrote up as fiction and William as science,” writes Strouse, “Alice simply lived.” With a psychological penetration and high eloquence that are altogether Jamesian, Strouse traces the formation of a unique identity, from Alice’s unconventional peripatetic childhood in continental Europe through her years of spinsterhood in the United Sates and later England. It was there that she began to keep her celebrated diary, full of fitting social observation and unblinking self-analysis. “I consider myself one of the most potent creations of my time,” she wrote to William, with characteristic tartness, towards the end of her life, “and though I may not have a group of Harvard students sitting at my feet drinking in psychic truth, I shall not tremble, I assure you, at the last trump.”

Encyclopedia of Lesbian and Gay Histories and Cultures

Publisher : Taylor & Francis
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ISBN : 0815333544
Pages : 919 pages
Rating Book: 4.1/5 (815 users)

Download or read book Encyclopedia of Lesbian and Gay Histories and Cultures written by George Haggerty and published by Taylor & Francis. This book was released on 1999 with total page 919 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Beginning in 1869, when the study of homosexuality can be said to have begun with the establishment of sexology, this Encyclopedia offers accounts of the most important international developments in an area that now occupies a critical place in many fields of academic endeavours. While gays and lesbians have shared many aspects of life, their histories and cultures developed in profoundly different ways. To reflect this crucial fact, the Encyclopedia has been prepared in two separate volumes assuring that both histories receive full, unbiased attention and that a broad range of human experience is covered. Written by some of the most famous names in the field, as well as new researchers this is intended as a reference for students and scholars in all areas of study, as well as the general public.

The New Disability History

Publisher : NYU Press
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ISBN : 0814785638
Pages : 422 pages
Rating Book: 4.1/5 (814 users)

Download or read book The New Disability History written by Paul K. Longmore and published by NYU Press. This book was released on 2001-03 with total page 422 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A glimpse into the struggle of the disabled for identity and society's perception of the disabled traces the disabled's fight for rights from the antebellum era to present controversies over access.

In the Event

Publisher : Stanford University Press
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ISBN : 9780804732512
Pages : 204 pages
Rating Book: 4.3/5 (732 users)

Download or read book In the Event written by Deborah Esch and published by Stanford University Press. This book was released on 1999 with total page 204 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: On journalistic coverage and live broadcasting

New Essays on 'Daisy Miller' and 'The Turn of the Screw'

Publisher : CUP Archive
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ISBN : 9780521426817
Pages : 182 pages
Rating Book: 4.2/5 (426 users)

Download or read book New Essays on 'Daisy Miller' and 'The Turn of the Screw' written by Vivian R. Pollak and published by CUP Archive. This book was released on 1993-11-26 with total page 182 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Specifically designed for undergraduates, the series will be a powerful resource for anyone engaged in the critical analysis of major American novels and other important texts.

The Cambridge Handbook of American Literature

Publisher : Cambridge University Press
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ISBN : 9780521307031
Pages : 302 pages
Rating Book: 4.0/5 (37 users)

Download or read book The Cambridge Handbook of American Literature written by Jack Salzman and published by Cambridge University Press. This book was released on 1986-08-29 with total page 302 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The Cambridge Handbook of American Literature offers a compact and accessible guide to the major landmarks of American literature.

Somatic Fictions

Publisher : Stanford University Press
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ISBN : 0804725330
Pages : 266 pages
Rating Book: 4.0/5 (84 users)

Download or read book Somatic Fictions written by Athena Vrettos and published by Stanford University Press. This book was released on 1995 with total page 266 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This book focuses on the centrality of illness—particularly psychosomatic illness—as an imaginative construct in Victorian culture. It shows how illness shaped the terms through which people perceived relationships between body and mind, self and other, private and public, and how Victorians tried to understand and control their world through a process of physiological and pathological definition.

Writing Pain in the Nineteenth-Century United States

Publisher : Oxford University Press
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ISBN : 019285559X
Pages : 277 pages
Rating Book: 4.9/5 (192 users)

Download or read book Writing Pain in the Nineteenth-Century United States written by Thomas Constantinesco and published by Oxford University Press. This book was released on 2022 with total page 277 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Offers new readings of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Harriet Jacobs, Emily Dickinson, Henry James, Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, and Alice James. Demonstrates how pain generates literary language and shapes individual and collective identities. Examines how nineteenth-century US literature mobilizes and challenges sentimentalism as a response to the problem of pain. Uses sustained close reading to illuminate the theoretical and historical work of literature.

The Invention of Telepathy, 1870-1901

Publisher : Oxford University Press on Demand
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ISBN : 9780199249626
Pages : 346 pages
Rating Book: 4.4/5 (249 users)

Download or read book The Invention of Telepathy, 1870-1901 written by Professor in Modern and Contemporary Literature Roger Luckhurst and published by Oxford University Press on Demand. This book was released on 2002 with total page 346 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The Invention of Telepathy explores one of the enduring concepts to emerge from the late nineteenth century. Telepathy was coined by Frederic Myers in 1882. He defined it as 'the communication of any kind from one mind to another, independently of the recognised channels of sense'. By 1901 it had become a disputed phenomenon amongst physical scientists yet was the 'royal road' to the unconscious mind. Telepathy was discussed by eminent men and women of the day, including Sigmund Freud, Thomas Huxley, Henry and William James, Mary Kingsley, Andrew Lang, Vernon Lee, W.T. Stead, and Oscar Wilde. Did telepathy signal evolutionary advance or possible decline? Could it be a means of binding the Empire closer together, or was it used by natives to subvert imperial communications? Were women more sensitive than men, and if so why? Roger Luckhurst investigates these questions in a study that mixes history of science with cultural history and literary analysis.

Who Killed Jane Stanford?: A Gilded Age Tale of Murder, Deceit, Spirits and the Birth of a University

Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
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ISBN : 1324004347
Pages : 384 pages
Rating Book: 4.2/5 (324 users)

Download or read book Who Killed Jane Stanford?: A Gilded Age Tale of Murder, Deceit, Spirits and the Birth of a University written by Richard White and published by W. W. Norton & Company. This book was released on 2022-05-17 with total page 384 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A premier historian penetrates the fog of corruption and cover-up still surrounding the murder of a Stanford University founder to establish who did it, how, and why. In 1885 Jane and Leland Stanford cofounded a university to honor their recently deceased young son. After her husband’s death in 1893, Jane Stanford, a devoted spiritualist who expected the university to inculcate her values, steered Stanford into eccentricity and public controversy for more than a decade. In 1905 she was murdered in Hawaii, a victim, according to the Honolulu coroner’s jury, of strychnine poisoning. With her vast fortune the university’s lifeline, the Stanford president and his allies quickly sought to foreclose challenges to her bequests by constructing a story of death by natural causes. The cover-up gained traction in the murky labyrinths of power, wealth, and corruption of Gilded Age San Francisco. The murderer walked. Deftly sifting the scattered evidence and conflicting stories of suspects and witnesses, Richard White gives us the first full account of Jane Stanford’s murder and its cover-up. Against a backdrop of the city’s machine politics, rogue policing, tong wars, and heated newspaper rivalries, White’s search for the murderer draws us into Jane Stanford’s imperious household and the academic enmities of the university. Although Stanford officials claimed that no one could have wanted to murder Jane, we meet several people who had the motives and the opportunity to do so. One of these, we discover, also had the means.

Edinburgh Companion to Nineteenth-Century American Letters and Letter-Writing

Publisher : Edinburgh University Press
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ISBN : 0748692932
Pages : 752 pages
Rating Book: 4.4/5 (748 users)

Download or read book Edinburgh Companion to Nineteenth-Century American Letters and Letter-Writing written by Celeste-Marie Bernier and published by Edinburgh University Press. This book was released on 2016-02-15 with total page 752 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Provides a wide-ranging entry point and intervention into scholarship on nineteenth-century American letter-writingThis comprehensive study by leading scholars in an important new field-the history of letters and letter writing-is essential reading for anyone interested in nineteenth-century American politics, history or literature. Because of its mass literacy, population mobility, and extensive postal system, nineteenth-century America is a crucial site for the exploration of letters and their meanings, whether they be written by presidents and statesmen, scientists and philosophers, novelists and poets, feminists and reformers, immigrants, Native Americans, or African Americans. This book breaks new ground by mapping the voluminous correspondence of these figures and other important American writers and thinkers. Rather than treating the letter as a spontaneous private document, the contributors understand it as a self-conscious artefact, circulating between friends and strangers and across multiple genres in ways that both make and break social ties.Key FeaturesDraws together different emphases on the intellectual, literary and social uses of letter writing Provides students and researchers with a means to situate letters in their wider theoretical and historical contextsMethodologically expansive, intellectually interrogative chapters based on original research by leading academicsOffers new insights into the lives and careers of Louisa May Alcott, Charles Brockden Brown, Emily Dickinson, Frederick Douglass, Margaret Fuller, Henry James, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Herman Melville, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Edgar Allan Poe, among many others

William James and the Transatlantic Conversation

Publisher : OUP Oxford
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ISBN : 0191511269
Pages : 240 pages
Rating Book: 4.9/5 (191 users)

Download or read book William James and the Transatlantic Conversation written by Martin Halliwell and published by OUP Oxford. This book was released on 2014-01-30 with total page 240 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: William James and the Transatlantic Conversation focuses on the American philosopher and psychologist William James (1842-1910) and his engagements with European thought, together with the multidisciplinary reception of his work on both sides of the Atlantic since his death. James's encounters with European thinkers and ideas ran throughout his early life and across his distinguished international career, in which he participated in a number of transatlantic conversations in science, philosophy, psychology, religion, ethics, and literature. This volume explores and extends these conversations by drawing together twelve scholars from a range of disciplines on both sides of the Atlantic to assess James's work in all its variety, to trace his multidisciplinary reception across the twentieth century, and to evaluate his legacy in the twenty-first century. The first half of the book considers James's many intellectual influences and the second half focuses on A Pluralistic Universe (1909), the published text of his 1908 Hibbert Lectures at Oxford University, as a key text for assessing James's transatlantic conversations. The pluralistic transatlantic currents addressed in the first part of the volume enable a fuller understanding of James's philosophy of pluralism that forms the explicit focus for the second part. Taken as a collection, the volume is unique in scholarship on James in generating transatlantic, interdisciplinary, and cross-generational dialogues, and it repositions James as an important international thinker and arguably the most distinctive American intellectual figure of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Henry James's Style of Retrospect

Publisher : Oxford University Press
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ISBN : 0191054011
Pages : 300 pages
Rating Book: 4.9/5 (191 users)

Download or read book Henry James's Style of Retrospect written by Oliver Herford and published by Oxford University Press. This book was released on 2016-05-26 with total page 300 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Henry James's Style of Retrospect traces James's engagement with the writing of the recent past across the last twenty-five years of his life and examines the thoroughgoing change his style underwent in this last phase of his career, as his focus turned from the observation of contemporary manners to biographical commemoration and autobiographical reminiscence, and the balance of his output gradually shifted from fiction to non-fiction. The 'late personal writings' of the book's subtitle are works of retrospective non-fiction. They are a varied group, representing a broad array of genres and occasions: commemorative essays and obituary tributes, textual revisions and accounts of revisiting familiar places, cultural and literary criticism, biography and autobiography, and family memoir. Oliver Herford proposes that we read the late personal writings as a coherent sequence, bound together by a close texture of cross-references and allusive echoes, and united by James's newly discovered sense for the literary possibilities of non-fiction. Closely analyzing the style of these writings, this study offers a boldly revisionist account of the way style itself challenges and preoccupies the very late James. A linked series of innovative close readings takes the major works of this period in sequence, addressing a key point of style in each: particular attention is paid to procedures of reference (to the historical past, to real persons and places and objects), a dimension of style often neglected and sometimes actively slighted in analyses of James's late work. Henry James's Style of Retrospect asks what it means for so distinguished a novelist to alter the foundations of his written manner so strikingly in late life, and shows how we may begin to reconfigure our understanding of late Jamesian aesthetics accordingly.

Henry James in Context

Publisher : Cambridge University Press
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ISBN : 1316154203
Pages : pages
Rating Book: 4.1/5 (316 users)

Download or read book Henry James in Context written by David McWhirter and published by Cambridge University Press. This book was released on 2010-09-16 with total page pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Long misread as a novelist conspicuously lacking in historical consciousness, Henry James has often been viewed as detached from, and uninterested in, the social, political, and material realities of his time. As this volume demonstrates, however, James was acutely responsive not only to his era's changing attitudes toward gender, sexuality, class, and ethnicity, but also to changing conditions of literary production and reception, the rise of consumerism and mass culture, and the emergence of new technologies and media, of new apprehensions of time and space. These essays portray the author and his works in the context of the modernity that determined, formed, interested, appalled, and/or provoked his always curious mind. With contributions from an international cast of distinguished scholars, Henry James in Context provides a map of leading edge work in contemporary James studies, an invaluable reference work for students and scholars, and a blueprint for possible future directions.

Encyclopedia of Lesbian and Gay Histories and Cultures

Publisher : Routledge
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ISBN : 1135728704
Pages : 1848 pages
Rating Book: 4.3/5 (135 users)

Download or read book Encyclopedia of Lesbian and Gay Histories and Cultures written by Bonnie Zimmerman and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2021-06-13 with total page 1848 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A rich heritage that needs to be documented Beginning in 1869, when the study of homosexuality can be said to have begun with the establishment of sexology, this encyclopedia offers accounts of the most important international developments in an area that now occupies a critical place in many fields of academic endeavors. It covers a long history and a dynamic and ever changing present, while opening up the academic profession to new scholarship and new ways of thinking. A groundbreaking new approach While gays and lesbians have shared many aspects of life, their histories and cultures developed in profoundly different ways. To reflect this crucial fact, the encyclopedia has been prepared in two separate volumes assuring that both histories receive full, unbiased attention and that a broad range of human experience is covered. Written for and by a wide range of people Intended as a reference for students and scholars in all fields, as well as for the general public, the encyclopedia is written in user-friendly language. At the same time it maintains a high level of scholarship that incorporates both passion and objectivity. It is written by some of the most famous names in the field, as well as new scholars, whose research continues to advance gender studies into the future.

Henry James's Feminist Afterlives

Publisher : Springer
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ISBN : 3319718002
Pages : 178 pages
Rating Book: 4.1/5 (319 users)

Download or read book Henry James's Feminist Afterlives written by Kathryn Wichelns and published by Springer. This book was released on 2018-01-28 with total page 178 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This book explores Henry James’s negotiations with nineteenth-century ideas about gender, sexuality, class, and literary style through the responses of three women who have never before been substantively examined in light of their relationships to his work. Writing in different times and places, Annie Fields, Emily Dickinson, and Marguerite Duras nevertheless share complex navigations of womanhood and authorship, as well as a history of feminist scholarly responses to their work. Kathryn Wichelns draws upon James’ correspondence with Fields, as well as Dickinson’s and Duras’s revisions of his fiction, to offer a new understanding of gender-transgressive elements of his project. By contextualizing his writing within a diverse set of feminist perspectives, each grounded in a specific time and place, as well as nineteenth-century views of queer male sexuality, Wichelns demonstrates the centrality of Henry James’s ambivalent identifications with women to his work.

Authority and Alliance in the Letters of Henry Adams

Publisher : Univ of Wisconsin Press
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ISBN : 9780299134440
Pages : 180 pages
Rating Book: 4.3/5 (134 users)

Download or read book Authority and Alliance in the Letters of Henry Adams written by Joanne Jacobson and published by Univ of Wisconsin Press. This book was released on 1992 with total page 180 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Argues that radical cultural change in the late 19th-century US intensified a set of complex rhetorical imperatives, which the letter was a genre ideally positioned to serve, and draws supporting evidence from the letters of historian Henry Adams. Concludes that faced with isolation and alienation from the quickly industrializing and urbanizing society, he chose letters as a medium over which he retained rhetorical control, and could therefore use to seek alliance and resistance. Paper edition (unseen), $14.95. Annotation copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR