A Jamesian Art to Be Cultivated

Henry B. Wonham

in Playing the Races

Published in print April 2004 | ISBN: 9780195161946
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199788101 | DOI:
 A Jamesian Art to Be Cultivated

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This chapter assesses the exaggerated ethnic imagery Henry James employs in The American Scene in relation to the outlandish racist comedy that appeared in the era's magazines and newspapers. Moving from The American Scene to The Golden Bowl, this chapter argues that a modified logic of ethnic caricature informs James' fictional technique as well. The Golden Bowl's Italian Prince Amerigo and the novel's Jewish antiquarians constitute some of the period's most provocative examples of ethnic caricature.

Keywords: Henry James; anti-Semitism; xenophobia; caricature; assimilation; illustration; stereotype

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Subjects: Literature

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