Generous Mistakes: Incidents of Error in Henry James by Michael AneskoGenerous Mistakes: Incidents of Error in Henry James by Michael Anesko

Generous Mistakes: Incidents of Error in Henry James

byMichael Anesko

Hardcover | April 1, 2017

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By combining the techniques of textual criticism and the insights of close reading, Generous Mistakes offers new perspectives not only on two of Henry James's major novels (The Portrait of a Lady and The Ambassadors) but also on the process by which they became the books we know - or think weknow. Through a better understanding of the conditions of production that affected James's author function, we achieve a deeper appreciation of the historical contingencies of his artistry. Closely examining new forms of evidence (even fingerprints), Generous Mistakes contends that authorship is ahybrid construction, a sometimes unpredictable sequence of different forms of practice, each of which contributes meaningfully to the texts we read and analyze. Offering a sustained examination of the "textual condition" of James's work - going beyond the relatively familiar ground of authorialrevision - this study brings into sharper focus the complex and sometimes arbitrary factors that contributed to the making of two masterpieces of modern fiction and to the legend of the master who wrote them.
Michael Anesko is Professor of English and American Studies at the Pennsylvania State University, where he has taught since 1993. Before that he served as Assistant (and, then, Associate) Professor of History and Literature and of English and American Literature and Language at Harvard. He is the author of four books, the most recent o...
Title:Generous Mistakes: Incidents of Error in Henry JamesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:176 pagesPublished:April 1, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Textual Monuments / Crumbling Idols: The Material Form of Jamesian Fallibility2. Self-Reluctance: The Alienated Modesty of Henry James's Rejected Thoughts3. The Infinite Hope of Never Doing Anything Wrong4. The Textual Condition of The Ambassadors: A Revised Scenario5. 'A Kind of Inevitability': (Mis)reading Types in The Ambassadors6. My Fair Henry ?!