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By William Righter

ISBN-10: 0754636747

ISBN-13: 9780754636748

American reminiscence in Henry James is set the cultural, historic and ethical dislocations on the center of Henry James' explorations of yank identification - among strength and love; modernity and historical past; indeterminate social types and enduring own values. The textual content covers the ability, and the bounds, of the language of morality and interpretive mind's eye as James grapples with what the USA and Europe have in universal; and in addition with what, simply because their contexts and feel of background are so profoundly diversified, they can not have in universal. Righter's nice subject is the tensions that impelled James eventually to stretch the unconventional, his loved 'prodigious form', virtually to brink, looking for an eventually elusive synthesis. the yankee Scene - his account of an the USA, revisited after lengthy absence, that used to be reinventing itself down to the touchstones of its identification - is its access element; The Golden Bowl is its fundamental trying out floor. The questions raised go beyond the ancient second and the particularly Jamesian experience of dislocation, to visit the guts of contemporary identification, and the character of literary endeavour.

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