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Henry James: History, Narrative, Fiction

Roslyn Jolly


This is a study of Henry James's changing attitudes to history as a narrative model, tracing the development from his early interest in ‘scientific’ historiography to the radically anti-historical character of his late works. James's use of the term ‘history’ was influenced by developments in nineteenth-century historiography, but was also embedded in the complex of defensive manœuvres through which Victorian culture sought to control its anxiety about the power of fiction. Reading James's novels in the light of contemporary debates about the morality and authorship and the politics of reading ... More

Keywords: Henry James, history, narrative model, scientific historiography, anti-historical, Victorian culture, power of fiction, morality, authorship, problem-solving

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1993 Print ISBN-13: 9780198119852
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198119852.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Roslyn Jolly, author
University of Newcastle, Australia