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Henry James, women and realism

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Women were hugely important to Henry James, both in his vividly drawn female characters and in his relationships with female relatives and friends. Combining biography with literary criticism and theoretical inquiry, Victoria Coulson explores James's relationships with three of the most important women in his life: his friends, the novelists Constance Fenimore Woolson and Edith Wharton, and his sister Alice James, who composed a significant diary in the last years of her life. These writers shared not only their attitudes to gender and sexuality, but also their affinity for a certain form of literary representation, which Coulson defines as 'ambivalent realism'. The book draws on a diverse range of sources from fiction, autobiography, theatre reviews, travel writing, private journals, and correspondence. Coulson argues, compellingly, that the personal lives and literary works of these four writers manifest a widespread cultural ambivalence about gender identity at the end of the nineteenth century.

Tear to bottom right hand corner of dust jacket, inside pages in excellent condition

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Author(s):
Coulson, Victoria
Condition:
Used: very good
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0521879817
ISBN-13:
9780521879811
Number of pages:
240
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Title:
Henry James, women and realism

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Women were hugely important to Henry James, both in his vividly drawn female characters and in his relationships with female relatives and friends. Combining biography with literary criticism and theoretical inquiry, Victoria Coulson explores James's relationships with three of the most important women in his life: his friends, the novelists Constance Fenimore Woolson and Edith Wharton, and his sister Alice James, who composed a significant diary in the last years of her life. These writers shared not only their attitudes to gender and sexuality, but also their affinity for a certain form of literary representation, which Coulson defines as 'ambivalent realism'. The book draws on a diverse range of sources from fiction, autobiography, theatre reviews, travel writing, private journals, and correspondence. Coulson argues, compellingly, that the personal lives and literary works of these four writers manifest a widespread cultural ambivalence about gender identity at the end of the nineteenth century.

Tear to bottom right hand corner of dust jacket, inside pages in excellent condition

Author(s):
Coulson, Victoria
Condition:
Used: very good
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0521879817
ISBN-13:
9780521879811
Number of pages:
240
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Title:
Henry James, women and realism

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