Henry James and the Language of Experience

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In Henry James and the Language of Experience, Collin Meissner examines the political dimension to the representation of experience as it unfolds throughout James's work. Meissner argues that, for James, experience was a private and public event, a dialectical process that registered and expressed his consciousness of the external world.
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Overview

In Henry James and the Language of Experience, Collin Meissner examines the political dimension to the representation of experience as it unfolds throughout James's work. Meissner argues that, for James, experience was a private and public event, a dialectical process that registered and expressed his consciousness of the external world.
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"...an exquisitely rendered and lucid response to postmodern skepticism about the creatuve construction of human identity in Henry James's fiction." Henry James Review

"Meissner's study fruitfully applies the insights of hermeneutics and phenomenology...to reexamine the crises of interpretation that form the central dramas in James's fiction...The value of Meissner's focus on this drama of hermeneutic crisis and "epiphany" is evidenced by his cogent readings of the novels. He offers particularly valuable insights into how and why their conclusions deliberately resist conventional expectations of narrative closure." American Literature

"...Meissner navigates adeptly through the ficton,autobiographical works, and theoretical writings to posit that James's textual mission extends experience's self-liberating potential beyond fictional limits to the writer himself and to the reader." Modern Fiction Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521122627
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/5/2009
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 The experience of Jamesian hermeneutics 1
2 The experience of divestiture: toward an understanding of the self in The American 36
3 Bondage and boundaries: Isabel Archer's failed experience 80
4 Lambert Strether and the negativity of experience 129
5 Recovery and revelation: the experience of self-exposure in James's autobiography 185
Notes 207
Bibliography 228
Index 233
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