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The Catholic Side of Henry James : Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture - Edwin Sill Fussell

The Catholic Side of Henry James

Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture

Hardcover Published: 30th April 1993
ISBN: 9780521432023
Number Of Pages: 190

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The Catholic Side of Henry James is the first to reveal the profound Catholic imagery in James' work. Edwin Fussell argues that Henry James, though not a "card-carrying" Catholic, was a fellow-traveling Catholic of a certain literary type. Fussell is not trying to turn James into a Closet Catholic but is, rather, intent on questioning conventional critical assumptions about James' unquestioned secularity. He contends that the writer's career began with narratives of Catholic conversion and ended with his masterpiece of Catholic eccentricity and alienation, The Golden Bowl. With an enormously detailed knowledge of James' novels, tales, letters, and journals, Fussell convincingly demonstrates the extent of the writer's involvement with the ideas of Catholicism.

Industry Reviews

"Fussell's own style is Jamesian in wit and perceptiveness." Ronda Chervin, New Oxford Review "I am grateful to Fussell, one of our most subtle readers of American literature, for his close reading of the Catholic elements. Fussell does not believe that James embraced Catholicism, but he does demonstrate in a careful manner the 'fascination' the religion held for him." Irving Malin, The Henry James Review "The Catholic Side of Henry James, although quirky, extends our own tolerance for the mysteries embedded in James's cultural quest as well as for hermeneutic criticism of this sort, which bravely attempts to solve those mysteries--and sometimes creates new ones in the process." Peter Bien, English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920 "...one of the most thought-provoking aspects of Fussell's perceptive and knowledgeable book is the way it implicitly interrogates time-honored affiliates between American fiction and the great good places of Protestant self-reliance and freedom." Paul Giles, Nineteenth-Century Literature "The Catholic Side of Henry James is a significant contribution to the field of James Studies." Religion and the Arts

Calendar: Chief Items of Catholic Interest in Henry James
Bibliographical Leads, Historical Considerations
Representing Catholicity
The Protestant Base
The Picturesque
The question of religious audience
Sacred seculars: the tales
Sacred seculars: letters and notebooks
Death and literary form
The Narratives of Catholic Conversion
Watch and Ward (1871)
Italian Sketches and Italian Tales (1870-75)
Roderick Hudson (1875)
The American (1876-77)
Attenuations: The Reverberator (1888)
Supersubtlety one: What Maisie Knew (1897)
Supersubtlety two: The Turn of the Screw (1898)
Pas de Quatre
Catholicity Neat: 'Gabrielle de Bergerac' (1869)
Secularizing catholicity: The Altar of the Dead (1895)
Protestantizing catholicity: The Great Good Place (1900)
Satirizing secularity: The Birthplace (1903)
The Catholic Menage as Literary Space
De Grey: A Romance (1868)
Guy Domville (1895)
The Golden Bowl (1904)
The Crown of His Career
Prove That I'm Not! - Toward the Impossibility of Interpretation
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ISBN: 9780521432023
ISBN-10: 0521432022
Series: Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 190
Published: 30th April 1993
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.68