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Henry James


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Henry James

  1. 1. New York 1843- London 1916
  2. 2. <ul><li>Writer </li></ul><ul><li>American who lived in Europe </li></ul> nationalized British <ul><li>brother  philosopher & psychologist William James </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>novels Diapositiva 4 </li></ul><ul><li>short stories Diapositiva 5 </li></ul><ul><li>STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(relatos basados en la conciencia) </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Among James' masterpieces are The portrait of a Lady The turn of the screw The Princess Cassamassima The Bostonians What Maisie knew The golden bowl The wings of the Dove The Ambassadors Roderick Hudson
  5. 5. The velvet glove The Pupil Daisy Miller The lesson of the Master
  6. 6. His work <ul><li>Encounter of America with Europe </li></ul><ul><li>Plots centered on personal relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Moral questions </li></ul><ul><li>Stream of consciousness </li></ul><ul><li>Writing style compared to impressionist painting </li></ul>
  7. 7. James never married and proclaimed himself a Bachelor, so he rejected marriage suggestions. After his death critics speculated about this and said he was in love with his cousin Mary (Minnie) Temple.
  8. 8. Describe americans efforts to survive in European capitals Americans VS Europeans Major figure of trans Atlantic literature Clash between personalities & cultures Protagosnists often young american women facing oppression or abuse Fiction range from working class to aristocratic Position as an expatriate living in Europe from a middle class but worked hard to access all levels of society Characteristics of his work
  9. 9. <ul><li>&quot; The Turn of the Screw &quot; (1898) is a ghost story that has lent itself well to film adaptation. </li></ul><ul><li>ambiguous content and powerful narrative technique </li></ul><ul><li>considered highly accessible and popular among readers </li></ul><ul><li>the story challenges the reader to determine if the protagonist, is correctly reporting events or is unreliable neurotic with a lot of imagination . </li></ul><ul><li>Furthermore, her written account of the experience is being read many years later at a Christmas house party by someone who claims to have known her. (Mr Douglas) </li></ul>
  10. 10. Most of James's work has remained continuously in print since its first publication, and he continues to be a major figure in realist fiction, influencing generations of novelists.