Henry James: History, Narrative, Fiction
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Henry James: History, Narrative, Fiction

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ISBN-13:
9780198119852
Einband:
Buch
Erscheinungsdatum:
01.06.2001
Seiten:
256
Autor:
Roslyn Jolly
Gewicht:
476 g
Format:
224x148x22 mm
Serie:
Oxford English Monographs
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

A study of Henry James's changing attitudes to history as a narrative model, moving from his early interest in "scientific" historiography to the radical, anti-historical character of his late works.
Part 1 Fiction and history - James's early theory of the novel: hostility to fiction; the historiographical model. Part 2 Competing with life - the earlier novels: the anti-romances - "Washington Square", "The American", "The Portrait of a Lady" and "The Princess Casamassima"; challenging history - "Roderick Hudson", "The Europeans" and "The Tragic Muse". Part 3 The old superstition about fiction being "wicked": "In the Cage"; "The Turn of the Screw"; "The Sacred Font". Part 4 "The Ambassadors" and the fictional contract. Part 5 History, fiction and power in "The Golden Bowl". Part 6 Counter-realities - James's last phase: taking liberties with history; war and counter-reality.
This is a study of Henry James's changing attitudes toward history as a narrative model, moving from his early interest in "scientific" historiography to the radical, anti-historical character of his late works. These shifts can only be understood, the author argues, in terms of James's views on literary censorship and the politics of reading, and his engagement with the reading practices of marginalized groups: women, the working class, other cultures, and the avant-garde.