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The Resource Henry James, Gertrude Stein, and the biographical act, Charles Caramello

Henry James, Gertrude Stein, and the biographical act, Charles Caramello

Label
Henry James, Gertrude Stein, and the biographical act
Title
Henry James, Gertrude Stein, and the biographical act
Statement of responsibility
Charles Caramello
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Charles Caramello argues that Henry James and Gertrude Stein performed biographical acts in two senses of the phrase: they wrote biography, but as a cover for autobiography. Constructing literary genealogies while creating original literary forms, they used their biographical portraits of precursors and contemporaries to portray themselves as exemplary modern artists. In doing so, they actually became exemplars, and Caramello treats them not only as artists, as developers of modernist portraiture, but also as types, as emblems in an ideal history of modernism." "Caramello advances his argument through close readings of four works that explore themes of artistry and influence and that experiment with forms of biographical portraiture: James's early biography of Nathaniel Hawthorne and his much later group biography, William Wetmore Story and his Friends, and Stein's celebrated Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas and her largely forgotten Four in America, which comprises biographies of Ulysses S. Grant, Wilbur Wright, Henry James, and George Washington. As Caramello shows, James and Stein portrayed artistic exemplarity in terms broader than the aesthetic. In Hawthorne, James linked his precursor's romantic art and his conservative politics, presented Hawthorne as uncritical in both arenas, and, implicity, proferred himself as a critical thinker of modern artistic principles and progressive social vision. He repeated the maneuver, with complex variations, in the more overtly political William Wetmore Story. In the Autobiography and in Four in America, Stein explored how patriarchy produces and enshrines masculine art, just as it produces and enshrines masculine cultural icons, and she proferred her art and herself, in counterpoint, as lesbian and feminist."--BOOK JACKET
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Caramello, Charles
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • American prose literature
  • United States
  • Narration (Rhetoric)
  • Biography as a literary form
  • Self in literature
  • Autobiography
  • Authorship
  • Stein, Gertrude
  • James, Henry
  • Stein, Gertrude
  • James, Henry
  • Stein, Gertrude
  • James, Henry
Label
Henry James, Gertrude Stein, and the biographical act, Charles Caramello
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [255]-267) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Preface
  • Abbreviations
  • 1.
  • Precursors.
  • p. 1
  • 2.
  • Good American: Hawthorne.
  • p. 21
  • 3.
  • Bostonian Type: William Wetmore Story and His Friends.
  • p. 57
  • 4.
  • In the Heroic Age of Cubism: The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas.
  • p. 119
  • 5.
  • Generals James and Stein: Four in America.
  • p. 169
  • Notes.
  • p. 201
  • Works Cited.
  • p. 255
  • Index.
  • p. 269
Control code
ocm32853227
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xii, 275 p.
Isbn
9780807822678
Lccn
95034701
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
ill., ports.
Label
Henry James, Gertrude Stein, and the biographical act, Charles Caramello
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [255]-267) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Preface
  • Abbreviations
  • 1.
  • Precursors.
  • p. 1
  • 2.
  • Good American: Hawthorne.
  • p. 21
  • 3.
  • Bostonian Type: William Wetmore Story and His Friends.
  • p. 57
  • 4.
  • In the Heroic Age of Cubism: The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas.
  • p. 119
  • 5.
  • Generals James and Stein: Four in America.
  • p. 169
  • Notes.
  • p. 201
  • Works Cited.
  • p. 255
  • Index.
  • p. 269
Control code
ocm32853227
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xii, 275 p.
Isbn
9780807822678
Lccn
95034701
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
ill., ports.

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