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Enacting History in Henry James : Narrative, Power, and Ethics - Gert Buelens

Enacting History in Henry James

Narrative, Power, and Ethics

By: Gert Buelens (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 28th February 1997
ISBN: 9780521570893
Number Of Pages: 232

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The Jamesian mode of writing, it has been claimed, actively works against an understanding of the way truth, history and power circulate in his texts. In this collection of essays, leading scholars of James analyse the strategies James used to address these crucial issues. Enacting History in Henry James claims that, because the type of knowledge available in James's fiction is never of a cognitive kind, the reader can never know 'truth' in any verifiable sense. James's writing instead promises an experiential type of knowledge, one that is attained by participating in the power games and moral dramas that unfold within the text. This collection argues that reading James ultimately requires not just an emotional responsiveness, but also an ethical assumption of responsibility for the act of reading. By placing James's work in a fresh theoretical context, this book throws new light on this most enigmatic of writers.

Industry Reviews

'... preparing lectures for a course on 'American Philosophy and Literature', this book provides excellent insights and useful guides for navigating Henry James's novels.' Jacob L. Goodson, Journal of American Studies of Turkey

Power relations in the novels of James: the 'liberal' and the 'radical' version
Multiple germs, metaphorical systems, and moral fluctuation in The Ambassadors
James and the ethics of control: aspiring architects and their floating creatures
James and the shadow of the Roman Empire: manners and the consenting victim
What Maisie Knew: Henry James's Bildungsroman of the artist as queer moralist
The double narrative of 'The Beast in the Jungle': ethical plot, ironical plot and the play of power
Homoeroticism, identity and agency in James's late tales Hugh Stevens
'A Provision Full of Responsibilities': Senses of the past in Henry James's fourth phase
Possessing the American scene: race and vulgarity, seduction and judgment
History, narrative, and responsibility: speech acts in 'The Aspern Papers'
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ISBN: 9780521570893
ISBN-10: 0521570891
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 28th February 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.75  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.45