Collecting and Appreciating: Henry James and the Transformation of Aesthetics in the Age of Consumption (Cultural Interactions: Studies in the Relationship between the Arts)

Collecting and Appreciating: Henry James and the Transformation of Aesthetics in the Age of Consumption (Cultural Interactions: Studies in the Relationship between the Arts)

Simone Francescato


This e-book examines the function and the which means of gathering within the fiction of Henry James. rising as a elegant consumerist perform on the finish of the 19th century, amassing not just set new ideas for appreciating paintings, but additionally helped to form the classy tenets of significant literary activities comparable to naturalism and aestheticism. even supposing he befriended the various maximum creditors of the age, in his narrative works James maintained a sceptical, if now not overtly serious, place in the direction of accumulating and its results on appreciation. Likewise, he turned more and more reluctant to stick with the modern development of classifying and exhibiting artwork gadgets within the literary textual content, resorting to extra complicated different types of representation.
Drawing from vintage and modern aesthetics, in addition to from sociology and fabric tradition, this booklet fills a spot in Jamesian feedback, explaining how and why James's aversion in the direction of amassing was once primary to the improvement of his fiction from the start of his occupation to the so-called significant phase.

Contents: creation - I. Appreciation within the Age of intake - II. Henry James's Early reaction To amassing - III. among Aestheticism and Naturalism - IV. The Princess Casamassima - V. Henry James's Aesthetics of hope - VI. The Spoils of Poynton - VII. The Golden Bowl - Bibliography - Index

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