Henry James and the Supernatural by A. DespotopoulouHenry James and the Supernatural by A. Despotopoulou

Henry James and the Supernatural

EditorA. Despotopoulou

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Why was Henry James drawn to the supernatural and what narrative purpose did his repeated use of the ghostly fulfill? Covering a wide range of James’s fiction and non-fiction, distinguished James scholars deal with the complex ways in which James’s interest in the supernatural blends with his philosophical historical and cultural engagement.  This volume is the first compilation of essays on this topic and it offers new and exciting readings of the varied ways in which the ghost story’s generic conventions both articulate and interrogate the anxieties of turn-of-the-century Anglo-American culture.

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Anna Despotopoulou is an Assistant Professor of English Studies at the University of Athens. She is the co-editor of Reconstructing Pain and Joy: Linguistic, Literary, and Cultural Perspectives.Kimberly C. Reed is a Professor of English and French at Lipscomb University. She is the editor of The Turn of the Screw and Other Stories and...
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Title:Henry James and the SupernaturalFormat:HardcoverDimensions:212 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.02 inPublished:July 12, 2011Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230115268

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Introduction: “I see ghosts everywhere”--Anna Despotopoulou and Kimberly C. Reed * “The complexion of ever so long ago”: Style and Henry James’s Ghosts--Greg Zacharias * Immensities of Perception and Yearning: The Haunting of Henry James’s Heroes--Kristin Boudreau * Haunting the Churches: Henry James and the Sacred Space in “The Altar of the Dead”--Hazel Hutchison * “Mysterious tenants”: Uncanny Women and the Private / Public Dilemma in the Supernatural Tales--Anna Despotopoulou * John Marcher’s Uncanny Unmanning in "The Beast in the Jungle"--Kathy Justice Gentile * Homospectrality in Henry James’s Ghost Stories--Diane Long Hoeveler * Second Thoughts: “Queer ‘Maud-Evelyn’”--Kevin Ohi * Uncanny Doublings in “Owen Wingrave”--Gert Buelens * The Afterlife of Figures--Sheila Teahan * Epilogue: “Ghost writing”--Nicola Bradbury

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“Using an exciting range of contemporary approaches, the contributors to this volume demonstrate convincingly that James’s interest in the supernatural was central to his writing—to his acute sense of perceptual boundaries and of our relation to the physical world as well as to his lifelong investigation of the intricacies of memory and desire. For the Jamesian consciousness, the ‘air of reality’ itself is ghostly.”--T.J. Lustig, Senior Lecturer in American Literature, Keele University “A timely collection, Henry James and the Supernatural extends the discussion of James’s engagement with spectrality beyond the familiar ground of The Turn of the Screw, beyond even the rich territory of James’s other ghost stories. Invoking the uncanny under a variety of aspects—spatial, sacred, philosophical, Gothic, ‘queer,’ rhetorical, among others—it stimulatingly shows the suggestiveness of the ghostly, richly bringing out the many ways in which James’s profound challenge to usual categories and identities haunts our experience as readers.”--Philip Horne, University College London and editor of Henry James: A Life in Letters