The Ethnography of Manners Hawthorne, James and Wharton

by Nancy (University of Pennsylvania) Bentley

Part of the Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture Series

The Ethnography of Manners Hawthorne, James and Wharton Synopsis

This book examines fiction and ethnography as related forms for analysing and exhibiting social life. Focusing on the novels of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry James, and Edith Wharton, the study argues that novels and ethnographies collaborated to produce an unstable but powerful master discourse of 'culture', a discourse that allowed writers to turn new social energies and fears into particular kinds of authorial expertise. Crossing a range of institutions (anthropology, literature, museums, law) and texts (novels, ethnographies, travel books, social theory), this study allows fiction to take its place in a web of social practices that categorize, display and regulate what Wharton calls 'the customs of the country'.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780521039666
Publication date: 16th August 2007
Author: Nancy (University of Pennsylvania) Bentley
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 260 pages
Categories: Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers, Literary studies: from c 1900 -,

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