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Playing the RacesEthnic Caricature and American Literary Realism$
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Henry B. Wonham

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195161946

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195161946.001.0001

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A Jamesian Art to Be Cultivated

A Jamesian Art to Be Cultivated

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Playing the Races

Henry B. Wonham (Contributor Webpage)

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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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