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Henry James and the Morality of Fiction
     

Henry James and the Morality of Fiction

by Greg W. Zacharias
 

Henry James and the Morality of Fiction explores what James terms in the criticism, expresses in his letters and Notebooks, and represents in character relations as the morality of fiction. Based on an analysis of figures of speech which recur throughout James' non-fiction writing at moments when moral issues come sharply into focus, Henry James

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Henry James and the Morality of Fiction explores what James terms in the criticism, expresses in his letters and Notebooks, and represents in character relations as the morality of fiction. Based on an analysis of figures of speech which recur throughout James' non-fiction writing at moments when moral issues come sharply into focus, Henry James and the Morality of Fiction investigates those figures as elements of characterization in six novels from Roderick Hudson to The Golden Bowl. Each novel is seen as representative of a distinct phase of James' career through the way it expresses his attitudes on the relation of ethical responsibility to the individual and society through character. Overall, the study is both aesthetic and social: its aesthetic component lies in its analysis of James' style; its social component flows from a definition of the ethical perspective expressed by the style.

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«A! thorough, thoughtful, and succint monograph.» (D. Kirby, Choice)

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ISBN-13:
9780820418834
Publisher:
Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/01/1993
Series:
American University Studies Series: Series 24: American Literature , #38
Pages:
182

Meet the Author

The Author: Greg W. Zacharias is an assistant professor of English at Creighton University, where he teaches 19th-century American literature. He has published on Milton and Henry James and is Editor of the Nebraska English Journal. Dr. Zacharias received his Ph.D. from New York University and has taught at Hofstra University, New York University and The Cooper Union in New York City.

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