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Henry James and the visual

Author: Kendall Johnson
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In the decades after the Civil War, how did Americans see the world and their place in it? Kendall Johnson argues that Henry James appealed to his readers' sense of vision to dramatize the ambiguity of American citizenship in scenes of tense encounter with Europeans. By reviving the eighteenth-century debates over beauty, sublimity, and the picturesque, James weaves into his narratives the national politics of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Henry James; James; Henry James; Henry James; Henry James
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Kendall Johnson
ISBN: 9780521880664 0521880661
OCLC Number: 122526167
Description: xv, 246 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : the cultural varieties of visual experience --
Classifying Donatello : the visual aesthetics of American exceptionalism --
A "dark spot" in the picturesque : the aesthetics of polygenism in "A landscape painter" --
Rules of engagement : the arch-romance of visual culture in The American --
The scarlet feather : racial phantasmagoria in What Maisie knew --
Pullman's progress : the politics of the picturesque in The American scene --
Epilogue : America seen.
Responsibility: by Kendall Johnson.
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This study reaches startling conclusions about Henry James, and how America defined itself in the nineteenth century.  Read more...

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"From the opening sentence of the book...[Johnson] makes a convincing case for the resonance that he identifies between the visual languages of these pictures and James's own visual language." -Susan Read more...

 
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