Reading Henry James

Alice Hall Petry, Books at Brown, 29–30 (1982– 1983), 102–03. 30. Quoted in George Monteiro, Henry James and John Hay: The Record of a Friendship (Providence: Brown University Press, 1965), p. 182. 31. Art of the Novel, p. 246. 32.

Author: George Monteiro

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476625508

Category: Literary Criticism

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Henry James (1843–1916) has been championed as an historian of social conscience and attacked as a spokesman for social privilege. His Americanness has been questioned by nativists and defended by Brahmins. Critics took issue with his lucidly complex style. “It’s not that he bites off more than he can chew, but that he chews more than he bites off,” a contemporary complained. Although he was an acknowledged master in his final years, James’ narrow readership has dwindled in the century since his death. This book examines allusions, sources and affinities in James’ vast body of work to interpret his literary intentions. Chapters provide close analysis of Daisy Miller, The American, The Beast in the Jungle and The Wings of the Dove. His fascination with poet Robert Browning is discussed, along with his complicated relationship with Marian “Clover” Adams and her husband, Henry, who was the author of The Education of Henry Adams. Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.
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Brief Lives Henry James

James, Henry, In the Cage (1898; repr. London: Hesperus, 2002) James, Henry, Italian Hours (1909; repr. London: Penguin, 1992) James, Henry, Letters, 4 vols, ed. Leon Edel (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1974—84) James, Henry, ...

Author: Hazel Hutchison

Publisher: Hesperus Press

ISBN: 9781780940687

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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Henry James is known for the psychological depth of his characters; for his remarkable ability to penetrate to the inner life of his creations. Yet the story of his own inner life remains curiously obscure. The best known facts about James – his illustrious, wealthy family and famous siblings; his prolific literary output with its numerous quirky female heroines; his long-term bachelorhood, and the rumours that accompanied it; and his flamboyant adoption of British citizenship in 1915 – have created a mythology surrounding the author. In this succinct new biography, Hazel Hutchison examines the writer’s childhood, travels, experiences and acquaintances – all of which re-appear to varying degrees in his writing. Brief Lives: Henry James presents a fresh take on one of the central figures in the English canon – perfect for both the general reader and the James enthusiast.
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Telling in Henry James

“An Obscure Hurt: The Sexuality of Henry James: Part II.” New Republic 28 (May 5, 1979): 25–29. Haralson, Eric. Henry James and Queer Modernity. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2003. Harden, Edgar F. A Henry James Chronology.

Author: Lynda Zwinger

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501308994

Category: Literary Criticism

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Telling in Henry James argues that James's contribution to narrative and narrative theories is a lifelong exploration of how to "tell," but not, as Douglas has it in "The Turn of the Screw" in any "literal, vulgar way." James's fiction offers multiple, and often contradictory, reading (in)directions. Zwinger's overarching contention is that the telling detail is that which cannot be accounted for with any single critical or theoretical lens-that reading James is in some real sense a reading of the disquietingly inassimilable "fictional machinery." The analyses offered by each of the six chapters are grounded in close reading and focused on oddments-textual equivalents to the “particles” James describes as caught in a silken spider web, in a famous analogy used in “The Art of Fiction” to describe the kind of “consciousness” James wants his fiction to present to the reader. Telling in Henry James attends to the sheer fun of James's wit and verbal dexterity, to the cognitive tune-up offered by the complexities and nuances of his precise and rhythmic syntax, and to the complex and contradictory contrapuntal impact of the language on the page, tongue, and ear.
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Henry James and the Art of Impressions

Professions of Taste: Henry James, British Aestheticism, and Commodity Culture. Stanford, Stanford University Press. Fried, Michael (2018). What Was Literary Impressionism? Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press.

Author: John Scholar

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780198853510

Category: Literary Criticism

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Henry James criticized the impressionism which was revolutionizing French painting and French fiction, and satirized the British aesthetic movement, which championed impressionist criticism. Yet time and again he used the word 'impression' to represent the most intense moments of consciousness of his characters, as well as the work of the literary artist. Henry James and the Art of Impressions argues that the literary art of the impression, as James practised it, places his work within the wider cultural history of impressionism, and means that his work stands outside that history and challenges its very terms. Henry James and the Art of Impressions�offers an unprecedentedly detailed cultural and intellectual history of the impression. It draws on philosophy, psychology, literature, critical theory, and the visual arts to study James's early art criticism, literary criticism, travel writing, prefaces, and the three great novels of his major phase, The Ambassadors, The Wings of the Dove, and The Golden Bowl. It argues that coherent philosophical meanings of the Jamesian impression emerge when they are comprehended as a family of related ideas about perception, imagination, and aesthetics - bound together by James's attempt to reconcile the novel's value as a mimetic form with its value as a transformative creative activity. Henry James and the Art of Impressions traces the development of the impression across a range of disciplines to show the cultural and intellectual debts James's use of the word owes them. It offers a more philosophical account of James to complement the more historicist work of recent decades.
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Flaubert and Henry James

For James's novels I refer to The Novels and Stories of Henry James, ed. Percy Lubbock (Macmillan, London, 1921–3), 35 vols. This edition contains some works not in the JNew Tork Edition but follows its text for those which are.

Author: David Gervais

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781349037414

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

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Henry James Impressionism and the Public

Henry James: The Critical Heritage. London: Routledge& KeganPaul, 1968. Geismar, Maxwell. Henry James and the Jacobites. Boston: Houghton Mifflin,1963. Giles, Paul. “Deterritorialization inThe Sacred Fount.” Henry James Review.24.3 ...

Author: Professor Daniel Hannah

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9781472401335

Category: Literary Criticism

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Proposing a new approach to Jamesian aesthetics, Daniel Hannah examines the complicated relationship between Henry James's impressionism and his handling of 'the public.' Hannah challenges solely phenomenological or pictorial accounts of literary impressionism, instead foregrounding James's treatment of the word 'impression' as a mediatory unit that both resists and accommodates invasive publicity. Thus even as he envisages a breakdown between public and private at the end of the nineteenth century, James registers that breakdown not only as a threat but also as an opportunity for aesthetic gain. Beginning with a reading of 'The Art of Fiction' as both a public-forming essay and an aesthetic manifesto, Hannah's study examines James's responses to painterly impressionism and to aestheticism, and offers original readings of What Maisie Knew, The Wings of the Dove, and The American Scene that treat James's articulation of impressionism in relation to the child, the future of the novel, and shifts in the American national imaginary. Hannah's study persuasively argues that throughout his career James returns to impressionability not only as a site of immense vulnerability in an age of rapid change but also as a crucible for reshaping, challenging, and adapting to the public sphere’s shifting forms.
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A Study Guide for Henry James s Daisy Miller

Henry. James. 1878. Introduction. Exploring the conflict between concepts at the heart of the American dream—personal freedom and the social limitation others want to place on that freedom—Daisy Miller was a smashing success when ...

Author: Gale, Cengage Learning

Publisher: Gale Cengage Learning

ISBN: 9781410335135

Category: Literary Criticism

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A Study Guide for Henry James's Daisy Miller, excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Literary Themes for Students series. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Novels for Students for all of your research needs.
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Henry James s Major Novels

Review, had been "leering" at his critics for many years, in "one of the most stupendous parodies ever concocted ... it is Henry James deliberately turning a searchlight on Henry James." The novel, he said, was a parody, a parable, ...

Author: Lyall Harris Powers

Publisher: East Lansing : Michigan State University Press

ISBN: UOM:39015000653454

Category: Fiction

Page: 461

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Experiments in the Novel Henry James s Fiction 1896 1901

The American Henry James . New Brunswick , N. J. , 1957 . Beach , Joseph Warren . The Method of Henry James . Philadelphia , 1954 . Bentley , Eric . in Search of Theater . New York , 1953 . Bewley , Marius . The Complex Fate : Hawthorne ...

Author: Walter Whitfield Isle


ISBN: STANFORD:36105025653580


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