Henry James Against the Aesthetic Movement: Essays on the Middle and Late Fiction

Overview

Writer Henry James (1843-1916) was born in America but preferred to live in Europe; he finally become a British subject near the end of his life. His status as a permanent outsider is responsible for the recurring themes in his writing dealing with European sophistication (decadence) compared to American lack of sophistication (or innocence). He is respected in modern times for his psychological insight, for being able to reveal his characters' deepest motivations.These 11 essays, along with an introduction and ...
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Overview

Writer Henry James (1843-1916) was born in America but preferred to live in Europe; he finally become a British subject near the end of his life. His status as a permanent outsider is responsible for the recurring themes in his writing dealing with European sophistication (decadence) compared to American lack of sophistication (or innocence). He is respected in modern times for his psychological insight, for being able to reveal his characters' deepest motivations.These 11 essays, along with an introduction and an afterword, examine James's work through the prism of the author's latest style. Topics the contributing authors address include the Henry James revival of the 1930s, three of James's male aesthetics, women in his works, literary forgery, and parallels with the career and views of Margaret Oliphant. Three essays delve into issues of representation in art and fiction, then three more explore decadence, identity and homosexuality.Writer, researcher, and teacher David Garrett Izzo is the author of Christopher Isherwood Encyclopedia (2005), W.H. Auden Encyclopedia (2004), The Writings of Richard Stern (2002), and co-editor of a collection of essays on Stephen Vincent Benét. He is an assistant professor at Fayetteville State University in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Daniel T. O'Hara is the first Mellon Term Professor of Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts and professor of English at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is the author of five books and the editor or co-editor of four others.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786425785
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/5/2006
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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David Garrett Izzo is an emeritus professor of English who has published 16 books and 60 essays of literary scholarship, as well as three novels and two plays. He lives in Durham, North Carolina. Daniel T. O'Hara is the first Mellon Term Professor of Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts and professor of English at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is the author of five books and the editor or co-editor of four others.

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Table of Contents

The Henry James revival of the 1930s 13
Three aesthetes in profile : Gilbert Osmond, Mark Ambient, and Gabriel Nash 35
Killing mothers : decadent women in James's literary tales 55
"The master in the middle distance" : Max Beerbohm, Henry James and literary forgery 87
"At all times conspicuous as art" : Henry James, Margaret Oliphant, and resistance to decadence 97
The face of decadence in The sacred fount 109
Figuring the princess : The Princess Casamassima and Pater's Mona Lisa 123
On not representing Milly Theale : sacrificing for art in The wings of the dove 134
"The figure in the carpet" as an allegory of reading 157
On the ladder of social observation : images of decadence and morality in James's Washington Square and Wilde's An ideal husband 167
The importance of being Henry James : what the master learned from Oscar Wilde 186
Papa, postcards, perfume, phallic keys : James, Symonds, and late-Victorian ficitions of homosexuality 201
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