ENGL 347 Fall 2014 Henry James

Henry James' brilliant, demanding innovations of prose style and acute psychological and ethical explorations mark the shift from the nineteenth-century to the modern novel. James writes about what it meant for American and European societies around the turn of the twentieth century to be mutually exposed to, and by, one another. His work examines what it means to be civilized, to be smart, and to be rich. In so doing, it raises intriguing issues of empire and of reverse colonization. We will consider how the drama of consciousness is stretched to -- and past -- the limit in his characters' struggles with love and conscience, and in his own preoccupation with capturing and experimenting stylistically with the narrative logic of the passions. Texts will be drawn from the novellas, including Daisy Miller, The Pupil, The Beast in the Jungle, and The Turn of the Screw; from such novels as Portrait of a Lady, The Bostonians, What Maisie Knew, and The Ambassadors; from James' travel writings; and from critical essays.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: two essays eight-ten pages
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Prerequisites: a 100-level English course, or a score of 5 on the Advanced Placement examination in English Literature or a 6 or 7 on the International Baccalaureate
Enrollment Preference: junior and senior English majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division I
Other Attributes: ENGL Literary Histories B
Enrollment Limit: 25
Expected Enrollment: 25
Class Number: 1611
ENGL 347 - 01 (F) SEM Henry James Division 1: Languages and the Arts Anita R. Sokolsky
MR 2:35 PM-3:50 PM Hopkins Hall 400 (Rogers Room) 1611
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