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Henry James' Europe: Heritage and Transfer

Henry James' Europe: Heritage and Transfer Dennis Tredy, Annick Duperray and Adrian Harding (eds)
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Taken both as a whole and individually this collection of essays makes a real contribution to James studies.

—Professor Adrian Poole, University of Cambridge

As an American author who chose to live in Europe, Henry James frequently wrote about cultural differences between the Old and New World. The plight of bewildered Americans adrift on a sea of European sophistication became a regular theme in his fiction.

This collection of twenty-four papers from some of the world’s leading James scholars offers a comprehensive picture of the author’s cross-cultural aesthetics. It provides detailed analyses of James’s perception of Europe—of its people and places, its history and culture, its artists and thinkers, its aesthetics and its ethics—which ultimately lead to a profound reevaluation of his writing.

Henry James' Europe: Heritage and Transfer
Dennis Tredy, Annick Duperray and Adrian Harding (eds) | May 2011
xxiv + 292 | 5 black and white illustrations | 6.14" x 9.21" (234 x 156 mm)
ISBN Paperback: 9781906924362
ISBN Hardback: 9781906924379
ISBN Digital (PDF): 9781906924386
DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0013
BIC subject codes: DSB (Literary Studies), BGL (Biography: literary); BISAC subject codes: BIO000000 (BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / General), LIT004020 (LITERARY CRITICISM / American / General), LIT014000 (LITERARY CRITICISM / Poetry); OCLC Number: 1086424980.

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Dennis Tredy

On ‘The European Society of Jamesian Studies’
Adrian Harding

Part 1: Ethics and Aesthetics

1. Henry James on Opening the Door to the Devil
Jean Gooder
2. From Romance to Redemption: James and the Ethics of Globalization
Roxana Oltean
3. James’s Sociology of Taste: The Ambassadors, Commodity Consumption and Cultural Critique
Esther Sanchez-Pardo
4. Bad Investments
Eric Savoy

Part 2: French and Italian Hours
5. ‘The Crash of Civilization’: James and the Idea of France, 1914-15
Hazel Hutchison
6. The Citizens of Babylon and the Imperial Imperative: James’s Modern Parisian Women
Claire Garcia
7. French as the Fantasmal Idiom of Truth in What Maisie Knew
Agnès Derail-Imbert
8. Figures of Fulfilment: James and ‘a Sense of Italy’
Jacek Gutorow
9. The Aspern Papers: from Florence to an Intertextual City, Venice
Rosella Mamoli Zorzi
10. The Wavering Ruins of The American
Enrico Botta

Part 3: Appropriating European Thematics
11. Balzacian Intertextuality and Jamesian Autobiography in The Ambassadors
Kathleen Lawrence

12. A Discordance Between the Self and the World: The Collector in Balzac’s Cousin Pons and James’s ‘Adina’ Simone Francescato
13. ‘Déjà vu’ in ‘The Turn of the Screw’
Max Duperray

Part 4: Allusion
14. Some Allusions in the Early Stories
Angus Wrenn
15. C’est strictement confidentiel: Buried Allusions in Confidence (1879)
Rebekah Scott
16. James and the Habit of Allusion
Oliver Herford

Part 5: Performance
17. The Absent Writer in The Tragic Muse
Nelly Valtat-Comet
18. James and the ‘Paradox of the Comedian’
Richard Anker
19. Benjamin Britten’s Appropriation of James in ‘Owen Wingrave’
Hubert Teyssandier

Part 6: Authorship and Self-Representation
20. Narrative Heterogeneity as an Adjustable Fictional Lens in The American Scene
Eleftheria Arapoglou

21. James’s Faces: Appearance, Absorption and the Aesthetic Significance of the Face
Jakob Stougaard-Nielson
22. From Copying to Revision: The American to The Ambassadors
Paula Marantz Cohen
23. Friction with the Publishers, or How James Manipulated his Editors in the Early 1870’s
Pierre A. Walker
24. Losing Oneself: Autobiography, Memory, Vision
John Holland

Bibliography of works cited
Dennis Tredy is a Senior Lecturer (maître de conférences) at the University of Paris III – Sorbonne Nouvelle, where he teaches American Literature and Creative Writing.  He has published numerous articles on the works of Henry James, Truman Capote and Vladimir Nabokov, and his doctoral thesis of 2002 dealt with The ‘Innocent Reflector’ and Its Function in the Works of Henry James’s ‘Experimental Period’.  His most recent studies of Henry James have dealt with the reception of James’s work in Europe, with James’s reception of English and French authors, and with film adaptations of the works of James.

Annick Duperray is Emeritus Professor of American Literature at the University of Provence (Aix-Marseille Université). She is volume editor for two of the four volumes of the critical edition of Henry James’s Nouvelles complètes (Editions Gallimard/Bibliothèque de la Pléiade). Her publications include an analytical study of Henry James’s tales, Echec et écriture : essai sur les nouvelles d’Henry James (1993) and a contribution to Henry James in Context (David McWhirter ed., Cambridge University Press, 2010). She also edited The Reception of Henry James in Europe (Continuum Books, 2006).

Adrian Harding teaches Comparative Literature at the American University of Paris, and American Literature at the University of Provence (Aix-Marseille). Besides poetry, his publications include Blinds, a study of the aesthetics of fiction (Lebeer Hossmann, 1985) and A Survey of English Literature: the 20th Century (Dunod, 1992). He has written extensively on modern narrative, on poetics and on contemporary art, including articles on realism and narrative poetics in Henry James. His most recent book, with photographs by Alecio de Andrade and preface by Edgar Morin, is Louvre Blinds: Le Louvre et ses visiteurs (Le Passage, 2009).


Richard Anker is a tenured Associate Professor at Université Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand, where he teaches American literature.

Eleftheria Arapoglou, is an adjunct member of faculty in the Department of American Literature and Culture of Aristotle University.       

Enrico Botta is a PhD student in Literary Genres at the University L'Aquila, Italy.

Agnès Derail-Imbert is a lecturer in English Literature at the Department of Language and the Ecole Normale Superieure. 

Max Duperray is Professor of English studies at the University of Provence and is a specialist in Gothic fiction.

Simone Francescato is Adjunct Professor within the Department of Linguistics and Comparative Culture at the University of Venice, Italy. 

Clare Garcia is Professor of English at Colorado College. The focus of her research is centred on the literature of black women modernists on both sides of the Atlantic.

John Holland is Lecturer in Language and English as well as Anglo-Saxon literature, specialising in the work of Henry James with a Lacanian psychoanalytical perspective. 

Oliver Herford is Lecturer in English, St. Anne's College, Oxford. His research interests include Henry James; nineteenth-century life-writing, literary correspondence and non-fictional style.

Hazel Hutchison is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Language and Literature at the University of Aberdeen, where she teaches in the English programme. Her research focuses on the fiction and poetry of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Roxana Oltean is a Visiting Scholar at the University of Bucharest.

Esther Sánchez-Pardo González is Professor of American Literature and Literary Theory. His research interests are literature in twentieth century England, modernist studies, poetry and poetics, gender studies and psychoanalytic theory and criticism.

Eric Savoy is Associate Professor within the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Montreal. His research interests include the relationship between the poetic theoretical discourse and the literary field.

Nelly Valtat-Comet is a Senior Lecturer in English language and literature within the Faculty of Humanities and Languages at François Rabelais University.

Pierre A. Walker is Professor of English at Salem State University.

Angus Wrenn is a faculty member of the Language Centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His research interests include modernism, American literature, Anglo-Soviet literature, the Cold War, comparative literature and the reception of British authors in Europe.

Jacek Gutorow is Assistant Professor at the University of Opale, Poland.

Jean Gooder is Fellow Emerita of Newnham College, Cambridge. Her research interests include the relationship of culture between America and England,

Rosella Mamoli Zorzi is Professor Emeritus of the Department of Linguistics and Comparative Culture at the University of Venice, Italy.

Rebekah Scott is a Lecturer in nineteenth and twentieth century literature within the Faculty of Arts at Nottingham University.

Jakob Stougaard-Nielson is currently Senior Lecturer in Scandinavian Literature at the School of European Languages, Culture and Society at University College London.

Paula Marantz Cohen is Distinguished Professor of English at Drexel University, as well as co-editor of the Journal of Modern Literature.

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Dennis Tredy

I. Re-Readings and Re-Workings of the International Theme
1. Tourist Attractions, Stereotypes and Physiognomies in The American
H. K. Riikonen
2. ‘Haunting and Penetrating the City’: The Influence of Emile Zola’s L’Assommoir on James’s The Princess Casamassima
David Davies
3. The Mother as Artist in "Louisa Pallant”: Re-casting the International Scene
Larry A. Gray
4. James’s Romantic Promises: The Golden Bowl and the Virtual
Leman Giresunlu

II. Beyond Biography

5. Father and Son: The Divided Self in James’s Notes of a Son and Brother
Mhairi Pooler

6. "Fond Calculations”: The Triumph of James’s Mathematical Failure
Isobel Waters
7. A Multiplicity of Folds of an Unconscious ‘Crystal’ Monad: James, Benjamin, and Blanchot
Erik S. Roraback
8. "Life after Death”: James and Postmodern Biofiction
Madeleine Danova

Bibliography of works cited