By Jennifer Eimers
The Continuum of realization: Aesthetic adventure and visible artwork in Henry James’s Novels examines the transformative adventure of paintings in James’s fiction. In a 1915 letter to H. G. Wells, James proclaims, «It is artwork that makes life.» This publication lines the wealthy implications of this declare. For James, viewing paintings reworked the self. a lot of his contemporaries, together with his well-known older brother, William, have been deeply attracted to the examine of conception and person cognizance. James’s fictional use of paintings displays those philosophical discussions. even if a lot necessary scholarship has been dedicated to visible artwork in James’s fiction, the guiding position it frequently performs in his characters’ stories gets fuller exploration during this publication. a chronic examine visible paintings and attention in the course of the lens of nineteenth-century British aestheticism unearths exciting connections and personality responses. by means of highlighting and interpreting his representations of aesthetic realization in 4 novels at particular moments (such as Basil Ransom’s and Verena Tarrant’s contrasting responses to Harvard’s Memorial corridor in The Bostonians and Milly Theale’s id with a Bronzino portray in The Wings of the Dove), this ebook finally explores the concept for James paintings represents «every wide awake human activity», as Wells responded to James.