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The Continuum of Consciousness - Aesthetic Experience and Visual Art in Henry James's Novels (Hardcover, New edition) Loot Price: R948 Discovery Miles 9 480
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The Continuum of Consciousness - Aesthetic Experience and Visual Art in Henry James's Novels (Hardcover, New edition)

Jennifer Eimers

Series: American University Studies, 198

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The Continuum of Consciousness: Aesthetic Experience and Visual Art in Henry James's Novels examines the transformative experience of art in James's fiction. In a 1915 letter to H. G. Wells, James declares, "It is art that makes life." This book traces the rich implications of this claim. For James, viewing art transformed the self. Many of his contemporaries, including his famous older brother, William, were deeply interested in the study of perception and individual consciousness. James's fictional use of art reflects these philosophical discussions. Although much valuable scholarship has been devoted to visual art in James's fiction, the guiding role it often plays in his characters' experiences receives fuller exploration in this book. A prolonged look at visual art and consciousness through the lens of nineteenth-century British aestheticism reveals intriguing connections and character responses. By highlighting and analyzing his representations of aesthetic consciousness in four novels at specific moments (such as Basil Ransom's and Verena Tarrant's contrasting responses to Harvard's Memorial Hall in The Bostonians and Milly Theale's identification with a Bronzino painting in The Wings of the Dove), this book ultimately explores the idea that for James art represents "every conscious human activity", as Wells replied to James.

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Imprint: Peter Lang Publishing
Country of origin: United States
Series: American University Studies, 198
Release date: August 2013
First published: 2013
Authors: Jennifer Eimers
Dimensions: 230 x 155 x 12mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 117
Edition: New edition
ISBN-13: 978-1-4331-2289-7
Barcode: 9781433122897
Categories: Books > Language & Literature > Literature: history & criticism > Literary studies > 19th century
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LSN: 1-4331-2289-8

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