Henry James and the Past

Readings into Time

  • Ian F. A. Bell

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction: The Jamesian Balloon

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      Pages 1-13
  3. Consuming the Past: The Backward Glance of Washington Square

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
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      Pages 17-32
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      Pages 33-60
  4. Consuming the Present: The Private Spectacles of The Bostonians

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-61
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      Pages 63-80
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      Pages 81-106
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      Pages 131-144
  5. Romancing the Past: The Europeans and the Design of Desire

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 145-145
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      Pages 147-172
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      Pages 173-205
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 207-270

About this book


An examination of the work of Henry James. Topics covered range from commodity and style in "Washington Square", to the peculiarity of social life in "The Bostonians". Other works by the author include "Ezra Pound: Tactics for Reading" and "Henry James's Fiction as History".


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Authors and affiliations

  • Ian F. A. Bell
    • 1
  1. 1.University of KeeleUK

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