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ENGL6992: Henry James and the Art of Fiction

In addition to writing distinctive short stories and novels, Henry James was a voluminous critic whose writings on the art of fiction have shaped modern approaches to the novel. In this unit, we read selections from James's critical writings alongside his novels and tales to compare the author's evolving theory of fiction with his practice of it. Matters of special interest include Anglo-American literary culture; strategies of characterization and narration; experiments in literary style; the purpose of fiction; and the ethics of representation.

Code ENGL6992
Academic unit
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Identify topics, attitudes, and devices that are characteristically Jamesian
  • LO2. Assess the importance of surveying the full arc of an author’s career in order to understand his or her objectives and achievements
  • LO3. Use a wide range of concepts for the analysis and interpretation of fiction
  • LO4. Describe the function of criticism and its relation to literary texts

Unit outlines

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