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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
Subject
Genre
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
Action
digitized
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Caramello, Charles
Dewey number
810.9/004
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Stein, Gertrude
  • James, Henry
  • Stein, Gertrude
  • James, Henry
  • Stein, Gertrude
  • James, Henry
  • American prose literature
  • United States
  • Biography as a literary form
  • Narration (Rhetoric)
  • Self in literature
  • Autobiography
  • Authorship
  • États-Unis
Label
Henry James, Gertrude Stein, and the biographical act, Charles Caramello
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 255-267) and index
Color
multicolored
Control code
ocm42328628
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 275 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780585003795
Note
eBooks on EBSCOhost
Other physical details
illustrations
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)42328628
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Label
Henry James, Gertrude Stein, and the biographical act, Charles Caramello
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 255-267) and index
Color
multicolored
Control code
ocm42328628
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 275 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780585003795
Note
eBooks on EBSCOhost
Other physical details
illustrations
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)42328628
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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