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- DescriptionThis book is a detailed analysis of self-willed death (physical as well as symbolic) in Henry James's fiction, in the light of penetrating studies of death in general, and suicide in particular, by such table figures as Emile Durkheim, Edwin Schneidman, A. Alvarez and Philippe Aries. The study sheds light on the sociology and the psychology of self-destruction during a time when suicide was prominent in the fictional and real worlds of creative writers. It also shows that in the delineation of his suicidal characters James reflects attitudes toward self-destruction prevalent in his time. Autobiography, cultural and social displacement, and failed quests further lend cohesiveness to a private mythology which establishes Henry James as a myth-maker.
- Author BiographyThe Author: Mary Joseph is an associate professor of English at Southern University and A & M College, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She received her B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Kerala, India, and her Ph.D. from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. She has taught at Marywood College in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and at the University of Kerala, India. Her essays on James have been published in literary journals.
- Author(s)Mary J Joseph
- PublisherPeter Lang Publishing Inc
- Date of Publication01/10/1994
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleAmerican University Studies Series 24: American Literature
- Series Part/Volume Number50
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- First Published1994
- ImprintPeter Lang Publishing Inc
- Weight440 g
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