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The Ordeal of Consciousness in Henry James

The Ordeal of Consciousness in Henry James by Dorothea Krook 0521094496 9780521094498
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This 1962 appraisal of seven of Jamess major works provides an insight into his artistic purpose and a fuller appreciation of his material and method. The authors main texts are chosen both for their representativeness and their need of detailed elucidation. These chosen texts and consequently the studies are closely connected by the theme of being and seeing - the exploration of Jamess peculiar notion of consciousness. They also consider the continuity of Jamess moral, social and philosophical preoccupations through the various periods of his creative life. The author demands no intimate knowledge of the works: she begins each study with an account of the story which is itself an important part of the elucidation, and then proceeds to unfold layer after layer of meaning. The authors arguments are intellectually stimulating and her interpretations sensitive and accompanied by ample and carefully chosen quotations, which allow Jamess voice to be heard whenever necessary.

Author: Dorothea Krook

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 440

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Publication Date: 2010-08-12

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