Henry James and the Language of Experience by Collin MeissnerHenry James and the Language of Experience by Collin Meissner

Henry James and the Language of Experience

byCollin Meissner

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Collin Meissner examines the political dimension to the representation of experience as it unfolds throughout James' work. For James, experience was a dialectical process that registered and expressed his consciousness of the external world. Meissner shows how James' understanding of the process of consciousness is not simply an aspect of literary form but inherently political, requiring an active engagment with the full complexity of social reality. The civic value of art resided in an interactive process in which the reader becomes aware of the aesthetic experience as immediate and engaged.

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Title:Henry James and the Language of ExperienceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.55 inPublished:November 5, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521122627

ISBN - 13:9780521122627

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Table of Contents

1. The experience of Jamesian hermeneutics; 2. The experience of divestiture: toward an understanding of the self in The American; 3. Bondage and boundaries: Isabel Archer's failed experience; 4. Lambert Strether and the negativity of experience; 5. Recovery and revelation: the experience of self-exposure in James's autobiography.

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"...Meissner navigates adeptly through the ficton,autobiographical works, and theoretical writings to posit that James's textual mission extends experience's self-liberating potential beyond fictional limits to the writer himself and to the reader." Modern Fiction Studies