Henry James and the Art of Dress

  • Clair Hughes

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Clair Hughes
    Pages 1-13
  3. Clair Hughes
    Pages 29-44
  4. Clair Hughes
    Pages 67-89
  5. Clair Hughes
    Pages 90-114
  6. Clair Hughes
    Pages 170-185
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 186-216

About this book


Henry James was fascinated by clothing and dress. This book examines, for the first time, the role of dress in reinforcing thematic and symbolic patterns in James's fictional world. Hughes traces a development from the significance of dress in discussion of 'the American Girl' in the early works, through dress as an indicator of social position, to the emergence of the more unstable and threatening aspects of dress, which culminate in the strange case of the coat of changing colours in The Sense of the Past.


America fiction Henry James New York

Authors and affiliations

  • Clair Hughes
    • 1
  1. 1.International Christian UniversityTokyoJapan

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