Abstract

Abstract:

This essay considers the difference between reading Henry James's fiction in print and hearing it read aloud. The development of sound recording technologies helped make James's fiction accessible to a broader audience, including people with disabilities. Sound recordings ranging from the first full-length recording of James's fiction, a performance of "The Turn of the Screw" made in 1942 by the American Foundation for the Blind, to recent audiobook productions of that novella will be taken up here as a way of addressing issues concerning aurality, interpretation, performance, reception, and the remediation of printed texts into sonic formats.

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