The Trial of Curiosity: Henry James, William James, and the Challenge of Modernity

Paperback | April 30, 1999

byRoss Posnock

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In this important revisionist study, Posnock integrates literary and psychological criticism with social and cultural theory to make a major advance in our understanding of the life and thought of two great American figures, Henry and William James. Challenging canonical images of bothbrothers, Posnock is the first to place them in a rich web of cultural and intellectual affiliations comprised of a host of American and European theorists of modernity. A startlingly new Henry James emerges from a cross-disciplinary dialogue, which features Veblen, Santayana, Bourne, and Dewey, aswell as Weber, Simmel, Benjamin, and Adorno.

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In this important revisionist study, Posnock integrates literary and psychological criticism with social and cultural theory to make a major advance in our understanding of the life and thought of two great American figures, Henry and William James. Challenging canonical images of both brothers, Posnock is the first to place them in a ...

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In this important revisionist study, Posnock integrates literary and psychological criticism with social and cultural theory to make a major advance in our understanding of the life and thought of two great American figures, Henry and William James. Challenging canonical images of bothbrothers, Posnock is the first to place them in a ...

Ross Posnock is at University of Washington.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:382 pages, 9.25 × 6.14 × 1.14 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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In this important revisionist study, Posnock integrates literary and psychological criticism with social and cultural theory to make a major advance in our understanding of the life and thought of two great American figures, Henry and William James. Challenging canonical images of both brothers, Posnock is the first to place them in a rich web of cultural and intellectual affiliations comprised of a host of American and European theorists of modernity. A startling new Henry James emerges from a cross - disciplinary dialogue, which features Veblen, Suntan, Bourn, and Dewey, as well as Weber, Simmer, Benjamin, and Adorn. While contributing to current debates about the responsibility of the intellectual, Posnock's work will fascinate the general reader as well as literary and cultural critics and historians.

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"...An erudite and engaging book...Remarkable achievement...Reminds us that our conceptual experiences of modernity owes as much to Henry James as to his brother."--The Journal of American History