S-Space Researcher Institutes (연구소) American Studies Institute (미국학연구소) 미국학 미국학 Volume 34 Number 1/2 (2011)
Reunion of the United States and Europe: Henry James’ Earlier Novels
- Jeong, Sangjun
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- 서울대학교 미국학연구소
- 미국학, Vol.34 No.2, pp. 87-111
- 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.
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