Cover

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pp. C-C

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. i-iv

Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Introduction: The Promise of the Virtual

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pp. 1-34

Henry James’s 1898 novella “In the Cage” follows the travails of an impoverished young female telegraph operator working at a busy post office in a fashionable district of London. She gets through her day by indulging alternately in romantic fantasies and world-weary cynicism...

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1. Stephen Crane’s Abilities

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pp. 35-70

Stephen Crane has long been hard to place within a specific literary tradition or period. His commitment to portraying social types and typical events in his fiction, his interest in embodied cognition, his preoccupation with problems of faith and skepticism, and his drive to experience...

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2. Realizing Trilby: Henry James, George du Maurier, and the Intermedial Scene

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pp. 71-108

In his novel Author, Author!, a fictionalized treatment of Henry James’s life during the difficult, transitional phase of his career in the mid-1890s, David Lodge tells the story of James’s struggle with declining sales and a faltering playwriting career by focusing on his friendship with...

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3. Syncope Fever: James Weldon Johnson and the Black Phonographic Voice

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pp. 109-138

James Weldon Johnson’s 1912 The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man is commonly read as a modernist novel of black alienation.1 It chronicles the life of a black ragtime piano player and composer during the so-called nadir of race relations in America who tries and fails...

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4. Wonder and Decay: Djuna Barnes’s New York

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pp. 139-172

Although there were many former journalists among the crowd of expatriate American women writers living in Paris during the storied 1920s and 1930s, by the time she arrived in 1921, Djuna Barnes, the author of the much-acclaimed modernist novel Nightwood (1936), had...

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5. Gertrude Stein Talking

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pp. 173-198

During the fall of 1934, Gertrude Stein returned to America from Paris for the first time in thirty-one years in order to undertake a publicity tour promoting her work. Stein had long been notorious, particularly in the American press, for her obscure writing, but the popularity...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 199-200

This book might have remained virtual forever were it not for the support and encouragement of many people. For their insightful suggestions for revision and their enthusiasm for the project at various stages along the way, I thank in particular Ann Ardis, Jonathan Culler,...

Notes

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pp. 201-256

Index

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pp. 257-273