Henry James The Contingencies of Style

Cross, Mary

Published by Palgrave Macmillan, 1993
ISBN 10: 0312079680 / ISBN 13: 9780312079680
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Hardcover. 8vo. Palgrave Macmillan. 1993. 212 pgs. DJ in excellent shape, unclipped and with no tears present. No ownership marks present. Text is clean and free of marks, binding tight and solid, boards clean with no wear present. Bx-93; 0.75 x 8.75 x 5.75 Inches; 212 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 39192

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Synopsis: This study shows that the difficulties of James' style reveal it as the central strategy of his art, giving language itself an intensely thematic role in his novels. Long before poststructuralism had focused on the instability and play inherent in words, James had joined language at its own game, inventing in his style a system of relations to orchestrate and contain its contingencies. His novels mime his own struggle with the signifiers, his characters are his doubles in their attempt to negotiate plots which turn on decisions about the deployment and reference of words. In making his language the point and moral of everything, James must also face the failure of this strategy. His novels are profoundly decentered by this attempt at containment, this doomed quest for truth and inclusiveness. Using contemporary theory, this analysis of James' style covers much that has remained unexplored in the patterns, syntax and artistic purposes of his literary language. Included is a list of abbreviations and a list of the works cited by the author.

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Title: Henry James The Contingencies of Style
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication Date: 1993
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Very Good+
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