By Alfred Habegger
This can be a historic critique of Henry James when it comes to nineteenth-century feminism and women's fiction. Habegger has dropped at mild broad new documentation on James's tangled connections with what was once notion and written approximately girls in his time. The emphasis is both on his lifestyles and on his fictions. this can be the 1st publication to enquire his father's strange lifelong fight with unfastened love and feminism, a fight that performed a tremendous function in shaping James. The ebook additionally indicates how heavily he distorted the reality in regards to the cousin, Minnie Temple, whose self-assertive photo encouraged him; and the way indebted he was once to convinced American ladies writers whom he attacked in experiences yet whose plots and heroines he appropriated in his personal fiction.
Read or Download Henry James and the ’Woman Business’ PDF
Similar criticism & theory books
Simply because Naipaul's paintings occupies such a massive position in English literature at the present time, it can be crucial to appreciate the forces that form his paintings and the problems with which he's involved. If this learn increases the various extra vital questions on Naipaul's paintings and demonstrates that's can't be obvious as an unproblematic consultant to submit colonial "reality," then it'll have long past a ways towards beginning up the terrain during which the main significant dialogue of his paintings can ensue.
Profoundly looking out, but written with grace and lucidity. A exceptional historian and critic illuminates and solutions one of many significant difficulties of literary examine in a piece that may turn into and stay a vintage. --W. Jackson Bate. "Perkins writes truly and concisely. Like Ren? Wellek and M. H. Abrams, he has an admirable present for making transparent the underlying assumptions of many alternative writers.
Analyzes modern memoirs of terminal affliction from a psychoanalytic viewpoint.
Inscription and Modernity charts the vicissitudes of inscriptive poetry produced in the course of the good and catastrophic political, social, and highbrow upheavals of the overdue 18th to mid twentieth centuries. Drawing at the rules of Geoffrey Hartman, Perry Anderson, Fredric Jameson, and Jacques Rancière between others, John MacKay exhibits how a variety of Romantic and post-Romantic poets (including Wordsworth, Clare, Shelley, Hölderlin, Lamartine, Baudelaire, Blok, Khlebnikov, Mandelstam, and Rolf Dieter Brinkmann) hire the standard assets of inscription either to justify their writing and to draw a readership, in the course of a posh historic section whilst the reason for poetry and the id of audiences have been issues of severe but efficient doubt.
- Other Tongues Other Flesh
- The Realist Novel (Approaching Literature)
- Oliver Wendell Holmes and the Culture of Conversation
- The Disciplines of Interpretation: Lessing, Herder, Schlegel and Hermeneutics in Germany, 1750-1800
- Othermindedness: The Emergence of Network Culture
Additional info for Henry James and the ’Woman Business’
So fascinated was he by the Oneida experiment that he more than once visited its Brooklyn branch, probably in 1849 or 1850. A few years later, recollecting his encounter there with the "leading men," he described them as "ultra - that is to say, consistent - Calvinists" whose fanaticism had led them beyond "common sense," and he claimed to have lectured them on their "disorderly lives" ("N. Y. Observer and Mr. James"). An Oneidan who was present, however, remembered the debates rather differently.
In some ways this contradiction applies to all humans, male or female, caught between a desire to do what they want and a need to be cared for by others. But the contradiction had a special pertinence for women of the 1850s. Some may argue that the best-sellers set forth a childish concept of female sexuality in equating girlish affection or worship with adult attachment. Others might counter, more sympathetically, that "to be married figuratively to one's sibling was to be safe from outside forces" (Ziff 170), especially in a culture that insisted home was women's sphere.
Her first novel, The Morgesons (1862), had a fearlessly sensual heroine named Cassandra, and the rendition of her maturation was taut and bitter. Nathaniel Hawthorne was so impressed by the book he wrote Stoddard a congratulatory note. But young Henry James hated The Morgesons, and in 1865, when he read Stoddard's second novel, Two Men, which refurbished the story of the orphan-heroine who marries her guardian, the notice he dashed off for the North American Review was so vituperative it did not see print for a century (Kraft).
Henry James and the ’Woman Business’ by Alfred Habegger