American Memory in Henry James: Void and Value by William Righter PDF

By William Righter

ISBN-10: 0754636747

ISBN-13: 9780754636748

American reminiscence in Henry James is ready the cultural, historic and ethical dislocations on the middle of Henry James' explorations of yank identification - among strength and love; modernity and background; indeterminate social kinds and enduring own values. The textual content covers the facility, and the boundaries, of the language of morality and interpretive mind's eye as James grapples with what the United States and Europe have in universal; and in addition with what, simply because their contexts and experience of historical past are so profoundly various, they can not have in universal. Righter's nice topic is the tensions that impelled James eventually to stretch the radical, his liked 'prodigious form', virtually to brink, looking for an finally elusive synthesis. the yankee Scene - his account of an the US, revisited after lengthy absence, that was once reinventing itself down to the touchstones of its identification - is its access aspect; The Golden Bowl is its basic trying out floor. The questions raised go beyond the historic second and the in particular Jamesian feel of dislocation, to visit the guts of recent id, and the character of literary endeavour.

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