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By Greg W. Zacharias

ISBN-10: 1405140429

ISBN-13: 9781405140423

Written by way of many of the world's so much wonderful Henry James students, this cutting edge choice of essays offers the main updated scholarship on James’s writings on hand this present day.

  • Provides a necessary, up to date connection with the paintings and scholarship of Henry James
  • Features the writing of quite a lot of James students
  • Places James’s writings inside of nationwide contexts—American, English, French, and Italian
  • Offers either an summary of up to date James scholarship and a leading edge source for learning vital person issues

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A cover for every sort of intensity” (Dupee 1956: 415–16). ” As Rawlings says, war became for James “subservient to a campaign in which popular fiction, common assumptions about the unproblematic nature of representation, and the torrid zones of gender come under a reviling scrutiny” (Rawlings 2005: 46). ” Ford marches off to war on clouds of imagined glory – “columns charging . . standards floating” – clasping a vision of Lizzie as “Catholics keep little pictures of their adored Lady in their prayer-books” ( James 1999a: 26, 27).

Scholars have explored the associations of Geneva with Calvinism (Barnett 1979), Rome with Roman Catholicism, the Golden Age (Grant 1974), and Hawthorne’s The Marble Faun (Bisztray 1991), the Coliseum with Lord Byron’s “Manfred” (Kirk 1980), and the Castle of Chillon with both the freedom-fighter Bonnivard and Byron’s “The Prisoner of Chillon” (Kirk 1980). More recently, Dennis Pahl has pointed out that Saratoga and Newport (to which Winterbourne likens Vevey) are “actually suggestive of two quite different classes of wealth in America” according to James’s own travel writing: one corresponding to the “Europeanized aristocrats” of America and the other corresponding to “the vulgar, ‘democratic,’ money-making type of Americans” (Pahl 2001: 147).

For the space of a fine September day Adela Moore and Thomas Ludlow enjoy one another’s company. Ludlow is due to leave for Europe and admits it would be “very heroic, very poetic, very chivalric to lose his steamer” – but for an idea, a fancy? ” ( James 1999a: 104) he thinks, and leaves. ” The story is one of the most satisfying of this period in its representation of ideal companionship, in which sexual complications and possibilities remain forever suspended in an autumnal glow. It is also as defiant of literary convention, as devoid of plot and comfort as a Beckett play.

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