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

By William Righter

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

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