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New Essays on 'The Portrait of a Lady' : The American Novel - Joel Porte

New Essays on 'The Portrait of a Lady'

The American Novel

By: Joel Porte (Editor)

Paperback Published: 11th June 1990
ISBN: 9780521347532
Number Of Pages: 178

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The Portrait of a Lady is arguably Henry James's most appealing and accessible novel. The introduction to this volume of specially written essays situates the novel in its cultural and historical context: its treatment of a modern woman 'affronting' her destiny, its relation to the contemporary controversy over 'morality' in fiction, its use of an Italian setting, and its late nineteenth century elegiac mood. It also discusses James's revisions of the novel and his late Preface. The essays that follow deal with the place of Portrait in the tradition of modern narrative, its relation to popular women's fiction on the question of marriage, the influence of James's 'family romance' and his brother William, and the character of Isabel Archer seen from a psychoanalytic point of view.

"The Portrait presented in this important collection serves as a powerful reminder of our urgent need to rethink a humanist tradition that achieves its moral coherence at such a high cost to those--here, specifically, women and gay men--whose experience and desires it de-legitimates." The Henry James Review

Series editor+s preface
A note on the text
Introduction: The Portrait of a Lady and +felt life+ Joel Porte
The Portrait of a Lady and modern narrative Donatella Izzo
The fatherless heroine and the filial son: deep background for The Portrait of a Lady Alfred Habegger
The portrait of a lack William Veeder
Frail vessels and vast designs: a psychoanalytic portrait of Isabel Archer Beth Sharon Ash
Selected bibliography
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521347532
ISBN-10: 052134753X
Series: The American Novel
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 178
Published: 11th June 1990
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.21