Seeing And Believing

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The Victorian age was troubled by religious doubt and the collapse of absolute values. In Seeing and Believing, Hutchison explores a selection of James's late novels and shorter works, and shows that his central themes and literary method connect closely with the issues at the heart of this debate. She sets his work alongside that of his father and brother, and argues that James's fascination with perception and consciousness should be read in the context of his desire to dramatize a level of human experience ...

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Overview

The Victorian age was troubled by religious doubt and the collapse of absolute values. In Seeing and Believing, Hutchison explores a selection of James's late novels and shorter works, and shows that his central themes and literary method connect closely with the issues at the heart of this debate. She sets his work alongside that of his father and brother, and argues that James's fascination with perception and consciousness should be read in the context of his desire to dramatize a level of human experience beyond the material.

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"Hutchison places Henry James in the context of the religious conflicts and theological debates that surrounded Darwin and the intellectual awakening in nineteenth century England. This is a long-overdue look at James in these terms." Marilyn Gaull, New York University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403969262
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 8/1/2006
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Hazel Hutchison is Lecturer in Victorian Literature at the University of Aberdeen.

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Table of Contents

Preface: Relatives, Relationships, Relativity
• The Language of Uncertainty
• The Creed of Hesitation: Guy Domville and The Turban of the Screw
• The Unapproachable Face: The Sacred Fount
• The Vain Appearance: The Ambassadors
• The Sacred Hush: The Wings of the Dove and "The Altar of the Dead"
• The Price and the Prize: The Golden Bowl
• Conclusion: Endless Connections

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