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Reunion of the United States and Europe: Henry James’ Earlier Novels

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Authors
Jeong, Sangjun
Issue Date
2011
Publisher
서울대학교 미국학연구소
Citation
미국학, Vol.34 No.2, pp. 87-111
Keywords
Henry JamesJr.transatlantic themefortunate fall
Abstract
James’ life-long concern with the dialectic between the qualities of Europe and those of the United States is quite clearly discernable in his earlier works. As a point of departure to understand James, and through him the American cultural and intellectual milieu at the time, this paper examines James’ four novels which deal with the transatlantic situation: Roderick Hudson (1876), The American (1877), The Europeans (1878), and The Portrait of a Lady (1881). It argues that James conceives the relationship between Europe and the United States in a complicated and ambiguous way, and that the theme of “fortunate fall,” as suggested by his father Henry James, Sr., helps explain the dialectic between so-called American innocence and European sophistication.
ISSN
1229-4381
Language
English
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10371/88681
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Researcher Institutes (연구소)American Studies Institute (미국학연구소)미국학미국학 Volume 34 Number 1/2 (2011)
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