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CFP: The Real Thing: Henry James and the Material World


The Real Thing: Henry James and the Material World
Sixth international conference of the Henry James Society
University of Aberdeen, 16-19 July 2014

Plenary speakers: Tessa Hadley (Bath Spa),
Alexander Nemerov (Stanford),
Clare Pettitt (King’s College, London)

Call for Papers

Henry James lived in an increasingly materialist culture. During his lifetime, mass production of books, magazines, cheap art and reproduction furniture made decorative objects and literature readily available to a wider audience, but also occasioned anxieties about taste, originality and authenticity. The Real Thing looks at James in the context of the very material world in which his novels were written, published and read. It explores themes such as book history, visual culture, film, photography, museums and galleries, collecting, publishing, book bindings, printing practices, letters, manuscripts and typescripts, illustration, architecture, clothes, furniture, gardens, machinery and technology. Continue reading