The Real Thing:
Henry James and the Material World

Sixth International Conference of the Henry James Society
University of Aberdeen
16-19 July 2014
Conference supported by Creighton University

Plenary Speakers:
Tessa Hadley (Bath Spa)
Alexander Nemerov (Stanford)
Clare Pettitt (King’s College, London)

Henry James lived in an increasingly materialist culture. During his lifetime, mass production of books, magazines, cheap art and reproduction furniture made decorative objects and literature readily available to a wider audience, but also occasioned anxieties about taste, originality and authenticity. The Real Thing looks at James in the context of the very material world in which his novels were written, published and read. It explores themes such as book history, visual culture, film, photography, museums and galleries, collecting, publishing, book bindings, printing practices, letters, manuscripts and typescripts, illustration, architecture, clothes, furniture, gardens, machinery and technology. It also examines how James thought about and wrote about the relationships between the material and the abstract, the external and the internal world, fiction and non-fiction.

Conference Dinner:
The conference dinner will be held at the Aberdeen Art Gallery on Friday, 18 July, at 7PM. The cost is £35 (£20 for graduate students) and you may register and pay for the dinner on the registration site.

Tillypronie House and Gardens:
We are also offering an outing to Tillypronie House and Gardens on Saturday, 19 July, from 1:30-5PM. You may also register and pay for this on the registration site.

Getting Around Aberdeen:
A map of the University of Aberdeen is available here, as well as maps of bus routes to the city centre and one of the route system. Lines 1, 2, and 19 are the best for the campus. This quick guide to Aberdeen is for conference participants and anyone traveling with you, and has places about what to see and where to eat.

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