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Henry James on stage and screen
Bradley, John R., 1970-
Publication Information:
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York, N.Y. : Palgrave, 2000.
Physical Description:
xi, 264 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Henry James on stage : 'that sole intensity which the theatre can produce' / Sheldon M. Novick -- 'The master's voice' : Henry James and opera / Michael Halliwell -- Henry James : varieties of cinematic experience / Philip Horne -- The end of embroidery : from Washington Square to The heiress / Peter Swaab -- Ceremonies of innocence : men, boys and women in The turn of the screw / Michelle Deutsch -- Frank and Jim go boating : Henry James and the French new wave / David Van Leer -- Black and white and shades of grey : ambiguity in The innocents / Val Wilson -- Enduring ephemera : James Cellan Jones, Henry James and the BBC / Neil Berry -- Framing the 'sketch' : Bogdanovich's Daisy Miller / David Cross -- Marriage, influence and deception in Merchant-Ivory's The Europeans and The Bostonians / Elizabeth Brake -- 'Exquisite taste' : the recent Henry James films as middle-brow culture / Mark Eaton -- The consciousness on the cutting room floor : Jane Campion's The portrait of a lady / Michael Anesko -- For mature audiences : sex, gender and recent film adaptations of Henry James's fiction / John Carlos Rowe -- How to do things to words : making language immaterial in The wings of the dove / Marcia Ian -- Portraits of Lady Chatterleys : Jamesian triangles, Lawrencian eros and the triumph of cinematic adaptation in The wings of the dove / Richard A. Kaye.
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In the 1890s, when Henry James tried to achieve fame and financial security by turning to the theatre, he was unceremoniously booed off the stage. Since the 1940s and 50s his fiction has nevertheless been consistently interpreted by composers and film directors, culminating in the recent film adaptations of his novels by Merchant-Ivory, Jane Campion and Iain Softley. Henry James on the Stage and Screen traces this historical development.

Author Notes

MICHAEL ANESKO Lecturer in English and American Studies, Pennsylvania State UniversityNEIL BERRY WriterELIZABETH BRAKE Lecturer, Department of Philosophy, Auburn University, AlabamaDAVID CROSS Lecturer in English Literature, University College LondonMICHELLE DEUTSCH Manager of Technology Projects, London Office of a United States Investment BankMARK EATON Assistant Professor of English, Oklahoma City UniversityMICHAEL HALLIWELL Director of Creative Work and Research, Sydney University Conservatorium of MusicPHILIP HORNE Reader in English, University College LondonMARICA IAN Associate Professor of Modern British and American Literature, Rutgers UniversityRICHARD A. KAYE Assistant Professor of English, Davidson College, North CarolinaDAVID VAN LEER Professor of English, University of CaliforniaSHELDON M. NOVICK Scholar in Residence, Vermont Law SchoolPETER SWAAB Lecturer in English, University College LondonJOHN CARLOS ROWE Lecturer in Cultures of the United States and Critical Theory, University of CaliforniaVAL WILSON Lecturer in English, International House London

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Bradley provides a collection of readable, stimulating essays treating James's interest in theater (e.g., Sheldon M. Novick's contribution, "Henry James on Stage: That Sole Intensity which the Theatre can Produce'") and adaptations of his work for both theater and film. The volume develops the insight that the novel of today--especially such a "popular novel" as James longed to write--is, in fact, a movie and that cinematic versions of James's work may fruitfully uncover themes and problems somewhat obscured in the text itself. Not surprisingly, these essays emphasize not only James's ambivalent treatment of 19th-century marriage but also those aspects of gender and sexuality that have interested recent moviemakers (e.g., Jane Campion in The Portrait of a Lady) and are currently at the forefront of James studies. Individual essays analyze movies based on Washington Square, The Turn of the Screw, Daisy Miller, The Europeans, The Bostonians, The Portrait of a Lady, and The Wings of the Dove, demonstrating the remarkable ability of cinema, with all its components--costumes, sets, music, actors--to re-envision and update the written work. Students and scholars of literature and film at the upper-division undergraduate level and above. J. J. Benardete; CUNY Hunter College

Table of Contents

Sheldon M. NovickMichael HalliwellPhilip HornePeter SwaabMichelle DeutschDavid Van LeerVal WilsonNeil BerryDavid CrossElizabeth BrakeMark EatonMichael AneskoJohn Carlos RoweMarcia IanRichard A. Kaye
Notes on the Contributorsp. ix
1. Henry James on Stage: 'That Sole Intensity which the Theatre can Produce'p. 1
2. 'The Master's Voice': Henry James and Operap. 23
3. Henry James: Varieties of Cinematic Experiencep. 35
4. The End of Embroidery: from Washington Square to The Heiressp. 56
5. Ceremonies of Innocence: Men, Boys and Women in The Turn of the Screwp. 72
6. Frank and Jim Go Boating: Henry James and the French New Wavep. 84
7. Black and White and Shades of Grey: Ambiguity in The Innocentsp. 103
8. Enduring Ephemera: James Cellan Jones, Henry James and the BBCp. 119
9. Framing the 'Sketch': Bogdanovich's Daisy Millerp. 127
10. Marriage, Influence and Deception in Merchant-Ivory's The Europeans and The Bostoniansp. 143
11. 'Exquisite Taste': the Recent Henry James Films as Middle-brow Culturep. 157
12. The Consciousness on the Cutting Room Floor: Jane Campion's The Portrait of a Ladyp. 177
13. For Mature Audiences: Sex, Gender and Recent Film Adaptations of Henry James's Fictionp. 190
14. How to Do Things to Words: Making Language Immaterial in The Wings of the Dovep. 212
15. Portraits of Lady Chatterleys: Jamesian Triangles, Lawrencian Eros and the Triumph of Cinematic Adaptation in The Wings of the Dovep. 240
Indexp. 261