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Henry James Goes to War


Edited By Miroslawa Buchholtz, Dorota Guttfeld and Grzegorz Koneczniak

Within the past decades, Henry James has been seen going to the movies and to Paris, both far more likely destinations for him than battlefields of the modern world. Sending him off to war seems to be a preposterous idea, but the exaggeration inscribed in the title of the present volume is meant to stress the historicity of wars and battles underlying James’s life and work, quite apart from conflict on which literature thrives at all times. The book consists of five parts devoted to various forms and aspects of conflict. It deals with both literal and metaphorical battles of which the author was aware or in which he was involved. Apart from addressing James’s attitude to two major conflicts, the Civil War and World War One, the articles range from critical discussions of James’s biography, criticism, and fiction, to studies of the intertextual connections between his œuvre and works of both past and present authors.
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Fig. 6: A picture by Izabela Olewińska

Keiko Beppu is Emeritus Professor at Kobe College, Japan. Her recent publications include A Literary History of the United States: From the Colonial to the Postcolonial (co-edited with Kazuko Watanabe, 1989, rev. ed. 2000), Henry James and His Bedfellows (co-edited with Shigemi Satomi, 2004), as well as translations of Robert L. Gale’s A Henry James Encyclopedia (2007) and Dear Munificent Friends: Henry James’s Letters to Four Women (2013).

Mary C. Boyington is completing her doctoral thesis under the direction of Mme Annick Duperray at Aix Marseille Université (LERMA) in Aix-en-Provence, France. She is working on the connections between Henry James and the French author Guy de Maupassant, including the critical reception of Maupassant’s contes and nouvelles, and their subsequent influence on the Uncanny in James’s fiction from the 1890s. She is currently teaching in the English department as Maître de langue at AMU while pursuing her studies. She is originally from New Orleans, LA, and has an M.A. in French and Francophone Literature from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

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