Reading Henry James in the Twenty-First Century: Heritage and Transmission

To commemorate the recent centennial of Henry James’s death and to help readers understand the depth and scope of the author’s influence both today and during the previous century, thirty leading Jamesian scholars from twelve different countries and five continents were asked to explore ways in which the notions of ‘heritage’ and ‘transmission’ currently come into play when reading James. The resulting chapters of this volume are divided into three main sections, each focusing on different ways in which James’s legacy is being re-evaluated today—from his influence on key authors, playwrights and film-makers over the past century (Part One), to new discoveries regarding European authors and artists who influenced James (Part Two), to recent approaches more radically re-evaluating James for the twenty-first century, including contemporary poetics, political and sociological dimensions, cognitive science, and queer studies (Part Three). This collection will be of great interest to scholars and general readers of James, and is a useful guide to tracing the writer’s ever-elusive ‘figure in the carpet’ and understanding the power of his continued impact today.


Dennis Tredy teaches American literature at the Sorbonne Nouvelle, and literature and film adaptation at Sciences Po Paris, France. He has published dozens of articles and book chapters on James and other American novelists, on film and television adaptations, and on American media and cultural studies. He is one of the founding members of the European Society of Jamesian Studies, and is the co-editor of Henry James and the Poetics of Duplicity (2013) and Henry James’s Europe (2011).

Annick Duperray is Emeritus Professor of American Literature at Aix-Marseille University, France. She edited The Reception of Henry James in Europe (2006), along with two volumes of the French Pléiade collection of James’s complete stories (2003, 2011), and has published scores of articles and book-length studies on James and a number of other authors. She is one of the founding members of the European Society of Jamesian Studies, and is the co-editor of Henry James and the Poetics of Duplicity (2013) and Henry James’s Europe (2011).

Adrian Harding teaches comparative literature at the American University of Paris and American literature at Aix-Marseille University, France. In addition to his many scholarly articles and book-length publications in the field of literature, including A Survey of English Literature in the Twentieth Century (1992), he has also published several books of original poetry. He is one of the founding members of the European Society of Jamesian Studies, and is the co-editor of Henry James and the Poetics of Duplicity (2013) and Henry James’s Europe (2011).

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ISBN: 1-5275-3287-9

ISBN13: 978-1-5275-3287-8

Release Date: 5th June 2019

Pages: 430

Price: £67.99

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