The Ethnography of Manners: Hawthorne, James and Wharton by Nancy BentleyThe Ethnography of Manners: Hawthorne, James and Wharton by Nancy Bentley

The Ethnography of Manners: Hawthorne, James and Wharton

byNancy Bentley

Paperback | August 27, 2007

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This book examines fiction and ethnography as related forms for analysing and exhibiting social life. Focusing on the novels of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry James, and Edith Wharton, the study argues that novels and ethnographies collaborated to produce an unstable but powerful master discourse of 'culture', a discourse that allowed writers to turn new social energies and fears into particular kinds of authorial expertise. Crossing a range of institutions (anthropology, literature, museums, law) and texts (novels, ethnographies, travel books, social theory), this study allows fiction to take its place in a web of social practices that categorize, display and regulate what Wharton calls 'the customs of the country'.
Title:The Ethnography of Manners: Hawthorne, James and WhartonFormat:PaperbackDimensions:260 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.59 inPublished:August 27, 2007Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521039665

ISBN - 13:9780521039666

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; 1. The equivocation of culture; 2. Nathaniel Hawthorne and the fetish of race; 3. The discipline of manners; 4. Henry James and magical property; 5. Edith Wharton and the alienation of divorce; Notes; Index.