By William Righter

American reminiscence in Henry James is ready the cultural, historic and ethical dislocations on the center of Henry James' explorations of yankee id - among strength and love; modernity and background; indeterminate social varieties and enduring own values. The textual content covers the facility, and the boundaries, of the language of morality and interpretive mind's eye as James grapples with what the USA and Europe have in universal; and likewise with what, simply because their contexts and feel of historical past are so profoundly diversified, they can't have in universal. Righter's nice subject matter is the tensions that impelled James finally to stretch the unconventional, his loved 'prodigious form', nearly to verge of collapse, looking for an eventually elusive synthesis. the yank Scene - his account of an the US, revisited after lengthy absence, that was once reinventing itself down to the touchstones of its identification - is its access element; The Golden Bowl is its fundamental trying out flooring. The questions raised go beyond the old second and the particularly Jamesian experience of dislocation, to visit the guts of recent identification, and the character of literary endeavour.

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