THE LITERARY INDEX

LITERARY CRITICISM AND ANALYSIS OF NOVELS AND POETRY

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Henry James Literary Criticism

The Golden Bowl

An academic paper by Thomas F. Bertonneau analyzing several characters and scenes from James' last complete novel.

The Portrait of a Lady

A chapter from Marilyn R. Chandler's Dwelling in the Text: Houses in American Fiction arguing that James adopts an architectural approach in the creation of narrative.

The Tragic Muse

A chapter from Joseph Litvak's Caught in the Act: Theatricality in the Nineteenth-Century English Novel exploring figuration and counterplot.

The Aspern Papers

A paper by Aristie Trendel, an assistant professor of English at Montpellier I University, exploring themes and relationships and their connections with art and literary traditions in James's novella.
An essay by Thomas F. Bertonneau of Central Michigan College, discussing how James explores issues relating to religion, social revolution and art, focusing in particular on the anonymous narrators of this novel and James's The Sacred Fount, as well as Hyacinth Robinson from the same author's The Princess Casamassima.

The Bostonians

An essay by Thomas F. Bertonneau of Central Michigan College which utilizes theories of René Girard and Eric L. Gans to argue that there is "a conscious and conclusive working-out of James' novelistic meditation on the linkage between desire, resentment, and sacrifice" in The Bostonians.

The Turn of the Screw

An academic article by Martin Scofield, a Senior Lecturer at the University of Kent, exploring the narrative effects of "implied stories" in James's famous novella.
An essay by Edward Lobb investigating James's reasoning for his novella's complex frame narrative, as well as looking at thematic parallels with King Lear.
An essay by Andrew J. Scheiber of the University of St. Thomas investigating desire and Emile Durkheim's concept of "anomie", especially in relation to James's governess.
In this essay Sumia S. Abdul Hafidh considers whether James's novella is a ghost story or a study in sexual repression.

The Princess Casamassima

In this essay, Anne-Claire Le Reste examines James's use and motivations for his many intertextual references in this novel to established masters of realism and naturalism, such as Honoré de Balzac, Charles Dickens and Émile Zola.
In this essay Anne-Claire Le Reste applies a Gothic reading to The Princess Casamassima, identifying various conventions from that genre and how they relate to the realism of James's text.
An essay by Thomas F. Bertonneau of Central Michigan College, discussing how James explores issues relating to religion, social revolution and art, focusing in particular on Hyacinth Robinson from this novel, and the anonymous narrators of James's The Sacred Fount and The Aspern Papers.

The Jolly Corner

An academic article by Claude Forray about the transatlantic duality, or 'other place', of this short story's protagonist and his relationship with his alter-ego.

The Sacred Fount

An essay by Thomas F. Bertonneau of Central Michigan College, discussing how James explores issues relating to religion, social revolution and art, focusing in particular on the anonymous narrators of this novel and James's The Aspern Papers, as well as Hyacinth Robinson from the same author's The Princess Casamassima.