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Henry James and the Abuse of the Past

Authors: Rawlings, P.

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Henry James and the Abuse of the Past explores the complex uses to which James puts his oblique experience of the American Civil War. Why does James use and abuse the past by fabricating and distorting people and events in his autobiographical work? The study integrates four elements: history, the past and problems of narration and representation; the homoerotics of the Civil war tales and other soldiering fiction; a life-long pre-occupation with Shakespeare as a historical figure; and theories of time as they come under the pressure of trauma and war. This well-written, insightful and persuasive study is an important contribution to James scholarship and will be of interest to any students and scholars of James

About the authors

PETER RAWLINGS is the Associate Head of the School of English and Drama at the University of the West of England, Bristol, UK. He has published widely on American fiction and Henry James. Currently, he is working on Anthony Trollope and the American novel within the context of eighteenth-century discourses of sentimentalism.

Reviews

'The project of the book is ambitious, its intellectual sweep extensive...Rawlings's argumentation is erudite, accomplished and intricate...[Even] as the book demands a great deal from its readers, the rewards of this rigorous and sophisticated study are proportionately great.' - Sarah Wadsworth, The Henry James Review


Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • The ‘Exquisite Melancholy of Everything Unuttered’: History and the Abuse of the Past

    Rawlings, Peter

    Pages 1-32

  • ‘Wars and Rumours of Wars’: Among the Soldiers

    Rawlings, Peter

    Pages 33-68

  • Shakespeare and the ‘Long Arras’

    Rawlings, Peter

    Pages 69-123

  • Grammars of Time, Senses of the Past

    Rawlings, Peter

    Pages 124-158

  • Afterword

    Rawlings, Peter

    Pages 159-163

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eBook $74.99
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  • ISBN 978-0-230-50496-7
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Softcover $95.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-349-52367-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • This title is currently reprinting. You can pre-order your copy now.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Henry James and the Abuse of the Past
Authors
Copyright
2005
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Peter Rawlings
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-50496-7
DOI
10.1057/9780230504967
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-52367-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 226
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 b/w illustrations
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