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Henry James

The Essayist Behind the Novelist. Studies in American Literature v.59

By (author) Shudong Chen
Format: Hardback
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd, New York, United States
Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Published: 28th Feb 2003
Dimensions: h 235mm
ISBN-10: 0773467688
ISBN-13: 9780773467682
Barcode No: 9780773467682
This study explores the essay as a "genre" and its relation to other genres, most significantly the novel, with a focus on Henry James. For theoretical dimensions, it compares Lukac's and Adorno's critical theories on the essay; for historical contexts, it discusses James's contemporary critics including Arnold, Carlyle, Ruskin, Newman, Mill, Macaulay, Pater, St. Beuve and Emerson. It examines the importance of James's essays and explains how the overlooked critical spirit inherent in them motivated his novelistic career. It argues that his essays reveal dialectically conflicting and complementary relationships between the genre of the essay and that of the novel and that these relationships account for various conflicting perceptions of James.

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