Henry Wonham

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  • Phone: 541-346-3266
  • Office: 436 Tykeson Hall
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Publications include Playing the Races: Ethnic Caricture and American Literary Realism (Oxford, 2004); ed. Tales of Henry James, 2nd ed., with Christof Wegelin (Norton, 2002); Charles W. Chesnutt: A Study of the Short Fiction (Twayne,1998); editor, Criticism and the Color Line: Desegregating American Literary Studies (Rutgers, 1996); Mark Twain and the Art of the Tall Tale (Oxford, 1993); "Amerigo's Miraculous Metamorphosis; or, The Logic of Ethnic Caricature in The Golden Bowl," The Henry James Revew 26 (Spring 2005): 130-46; "I Want a Real Coon: Mark Twain and Ethnic Caricature," American Literature (March 2000): 117-52; "'Plenty of Room for Us All:' Participation and Prejudice in Charles Chesnutt's Dialect Fiction," Studies in American Fiction 26 (Autumn, 1998): 131-46.


My research and teaching interests focus on late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American literature and culture.


Mark Twain and the Art of the Tall Tale

Henry B. Wonham’s Mark Twain and the Art of the Tall Tale, published by Oxford University Press, explores Twain’s literary adaptation of a traditional storytelling technique.

Playing the Races

In Playing the Races, Henry B. Wonham explains why the major practitioners of American literary realism so often resorted to the patently un-realistic technique of caricature in their representation of ethnic identity.

Tales of Henry James

Henry B. Wonham and Christof Wegelin are co-editors of the Norton Critical Edition of the Tales of Henry James.


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