Henry James and the poetics of duplicity by Dennis Tredy, Annick Duperray, Adrian Harding

By Dennis Tredy, Annick Duperray, Adrian Harding

Henry James and the Poetics of Duplicity goals to improve the sphere of stories at the existence and paintings of Henry James by way of totally exploring the author's use of duplicity, one of many key literary and rhetorical options in the author's giant and notorious arsenal of suggestions of 'ambiguity'. the gathering brings jointly essays by means of either lengthy confirmed and newer Jamesian students from 11 diverse international locations, the collective paintings of whom, via this ebook, extra complements our snatch of the ever-elusive literary form of Henry James. The prefatory component of this quantity presents a common evaluate of the myriad makes use of of 'duplicity' within the writings of Henry James. The amassed essays are then divided into 5 sections, every one offering an in-depth examine of a selected use of duplicity as a rhetorical process. the 1st 3 sections specialize in duplicitous units hired inside James' works of fiction - together with the author's usually underhanded use of undisclosed literary resources ('Duplicitous Subtexts'), his staging of characters who depend on subterfuge and outright mendacity ('Duplicitous Characters'), and his construction of doubles and dopplegangers - one other key connotation of the time period 'duplicity' - either inside of a unmarried paintings and all through his literary profession ('Duplicitous Representation'). the 2 ultimate sections then concentration the poetics of duplicity hired in works of non-fiction by means of James, together with his autobiographies and his reports of different authors, in addition to in his own writings and correspondence. This comprises James' guileful use of duplicity in his illustration of himself, specific consciousness being paid to James' past due works of self-assessment ('Duplicitous Self-Representation'), in addition to in his checks of different writers in his studies or of yes locations in his go back and forth writing ('Duplicitous Judgements'). Henry James and the Poetics of Duplicity might hence be a good asset to students of James in any respect degrees, from the scholar grappling with James' literary sleight of hand for the 1st time, to experts within the box of James who've lengthy studied the masterful artwork of James' literary trickery

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The other in the Preface to The Tragic Muse, where James dwells on “the prodigious consciousness of Hamlet, the most capacious and the most crowded, the moral presence the most asserted” (LC2 1112-13). Shakespearean Voices in Henry James 25 James’s final view is that of Shakespeare as the abstract Master of Expression. His “special introduction” to The Tempest for Sir Sidney Lee’s edition (1907), admittedly, wanted to pull down the thousand masks of the master and magician: in doing so, James repeatedly finds his own.

We find Shakespeare in his life as a theatre-goer, in his readings, letters and memoirs, travel essays, and in his fiction. James seems to pursue the image, the phantom, the ghost of that queer monster, the artist, “the master and magician of a thousand masks,” Shakespearean Voices in Henry James 21 which he would pull from his face—a fellow-writer and a confrere, gradually becoming a double, an alter ego, a Doppelgänger, an ante litteram apotheosis of the romancier artiste. “I walked arm-in-arm with Shakespeare,” he boasted from Newport when he was twenty (HJL I1 49).

The limitation of the child’s naive point of view assuming death to be a mere sleep brings in another “blank”, an element of uncertainty as to the denouement of the drama, alleviating the anguish provoked by the sudden recognition of death. This is a device which James, in the indeterminate ending of The Turn of the Screw, transforms into a suspension of belief that will spur our curiosity, since it is conveyed with the help of a figure of speech amounting to a riddle. Relying on a systematic process of double entendre through his governess’s unreliable narration, the old experienced novelist in his amusette used every means at his disposal to raise his fictitious auditors’ anguish, and at the same time the reader’s playful interest.

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