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Henry James: the Last Sharpness

Cave Terence

in Recognitions: A Study in Poetics

Published in print:
1990
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198151630
eISBN:
9780191672781
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151630.003.0016
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter focuses on Henry James's novel, The Ambassadors. Self-evidence is a crucial feature of the plot of The Ambassadors itself, and might well be regarded as the deep structure of anagnorisis ... More


The Ambassadors and the Fictional Contract

Roslyn Jolly

in Henry James: History, Narrative, Fiction

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198119852
eISBN:
9780191671227
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198119852.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

The ‘deep taste of change’ pervades the opening chapters of The Ambassadors, as Lambert Strether begins his encounter with Europe. The first stage of this encounter is described in terms which ... More


Lambert Strether’s Belatedness: The Ambassadors and the Queer Afterlife of Style

Kevin Ohi

in Henry James and the Queerness of Style

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816654932
eISBN:
9781452946313
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816654932.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter discusses the hidden meaning of Henry James’ novel The Ambassadors that explains the principles of his queer style. It explains the notion of “belatedness” or wasted life by examining ... More


“A Plot to Live Around”: La Vie Bohème in Fiction, City Sketches, and Memoir

in Bohemia in America, 1858-1920

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804760836
eISBN:
9780804772549
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804760836.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter examines the stock Bohemian settings and plots in American literature and art. It explores how novels, dramas, and city sketches recycled and recontextualized Henri Murger's Scenes, ... More


Novel Interests: Henry James

Omri Moses

in Out of Character: Modernism, Vitalism, Psychic Life

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780804789141
eISBN:
9780804791236
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804789141.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Chapter Two examines James's late novels in order to rethink how characters formulate their interests or how they express themselves through their creative conceptions of personal desire. While ... More


Contaminating Judgement with its Suspension: Guilt and Punishment in Walter Benjamin, Herman Melville and Henry James

Michael Mack

in Contaminations: "Beyond Dialectics in Modern Literature, Science and Film"

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781474411363
eISBN:
9781474418577
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474411363.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Chapter first discusses how Agamben turns Benjamin’s notion ‘mere life’ into his ever so slightly changed coinage ‘bare life’. Both expressions refer to life as pure material, embodied entity ... More


Tasting Space: Sights of the Commune in Henry James’s Paris

J. Michelle Coghlan

in Sensational Internationalism: The Paris Commune and the Remapping of American Memory in the Long Nineteenth Century

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781474411202
eISBN:
9781474426800
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474411202.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter moves from sights of Paris as a revolutionary underground to sites of Paris in ruin, from unexpected forms of imperial adventure or subterranean possibility to uncanny forms of affective ... More


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