Call for Papers


Special Issue of the Henry James Review
"Fredric Jameson, Henry James"


For over four decades, Fredric Jameson has been one of the major theorists of realism, modernism, post-modernism, and their ideologies. While he has not written directly on Henry James in a sustained way, James’s writing is, nonetheless, threaded throughout Jameson’s work: as example, as critical authority, as historical witness. As early as 1971, he situated James’s writing as a turning point in the history of the novel. For Jameson, this is not merely as a matter of literary invention: James’s fiction and criticism are symptomatic of and significant in their historical circumstances. In The Political Unconscious (1981), Jameson declared that James’s “invention of point of view (or better still, . . . codification of this already existing technique, his transformation of it into the most fundamental of narrative categories, and the development around it of a whole aesthetic) is an historical act” (221). Jameson’s James is above all associated with point of view and irony, individualism and psychology. And this is no more so the case than in Jameson’s most recent book, The Antimonies of Realism (2013), in which Henry James is, variously, “the fundamental theoretician” of English-language narratology (21), a reluctant admirer of Zola (66-67), “a minor character in real life, a listener and observer, a voyeur and a gossip” (101), an astute reader of Romola (124), an “apolitical” writer (157), the source of a chapter epigraph (163), and the author whose “critical and theoretical reflections on the art of the novel, which have been as fundamental for narrative analysis in modern times as Aristotle’s for the classical world” (181).

For this special issue, submissions are invited on all aspects of Jameson & James, including:

• Jameson’s writing on James
• Jamesonian and Jamesian theories
• The evolution of Jameson on James
• How James’s work supports, contradicts, modifies, shifts Jameson’s
• How Jameson’s writings might inform and alter our understandings of James texts
• Realism, Modernism, Postmodernism
• Jameson, James, Booth
• Point of view, irony, and individualism
• Psychology and the novel
• James and Jameson on the Visual Arts
• Jameson and James and film.

Contributions should be produced according to current MLA style. One-page proposals or short (10-12 pages) essays should be sent electronically by March 1, 2015, to hjamesr@louisville.edu. Please identify your manuscript as a Jameson Forum submission.