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The Resource Henry James and the art of nonfiction, Tony Tanner

Henry James and the art of nonfiction, Tony Tanner

Label
Henry James and the art of nonfiction
Title
Henry James and the art of nonfiction
Statement of responsibility
Tony Tanner
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "In Henry James and the Art of Nonfiction, Tony Tanner shows how James radically transformed the nonfiction genres of travel writing, literary criticism, and autobiography, just as he transformed the novel." "Exploring the developments and characteristics of James's travel writing, Tanner observes that "absence rather than presence; shadow rather than substance; broken eloquence esteemed more than confidently replete utterance" are its central features. By deliberately withholding information, writes Tanner, James gives the reader "something rare and incomparable. Not only a sense of a place or of the past. But as one reads him, a sense of that sense. It can take one's breath away."" "Tanner then examines the kind of theory James offers for literary criticism - if indeed it does not amount to an antitheory - and looks closely at James's criticism of four writers whom the author admired: George Eliot, Ivan Turgenev, Honore de Balzac, and Gustave Flaubert, Tanner begins by discussing "The Art of Fiction," the closest James ever came to making a theoretical statement. According to Tanner, James's criticism is the "reverse of schematic." James wants to challenge prescriptive categorizations and fixed taxonomies with regard to such matters as narration, description, dialogue, character, and incident. For James, criticism is not, and cannot be, a theory. It is an art."
  • "Finally, Tanner celebrates James as a writer of autobiography that will have nothing to do with chronology or conventional sequence. Tanner warns readers not to approach James's autobiography expecting fully scripted enactments of historically significant events. Rather they should be prepared to encounter, for example, an odd chin, an amazing eyeglass, or the words of a cross aunt. James "allows memory to browse and graze as it may, as it will," says Tanner. "The result, and effectively the last (and unfinished) piece of writing from this supreme artist, was an incomparable work of, apparently, supreme artlessness. There had never been anything quite like it.""--Jacket
  • "In Henry James and the Art of Nonfiction, Tony Tanner shows how James radically transformed the nonfiction genres of travel writing, literary criticism, and autobiography, just as he transformed the novel." "Exploring the developments and characteristics of James's travel writing, Tanner observes that "absence rather than presence; shadow rather than substance; broken eloquence esteemed more than confidently replete utterance" are its central features. By deliberately withholding information, writes Tanner, James gives the reader "something rare and incomparable. Not only a sense of a place or of the past. But as one reads him, a sense of that sense. It can take one's breath away."" "Tanner then examines the kind of theory James offers for literary criticism - if indeed it does not amount to an antitheory - and looks closely at James's criticism of four writers whom the author admired: George Eliot, Ivan Turgenev, Honore de Balzac, and Gustave Flaubert, Tanner begins by discussing "The Art of Fiction," the closest James ever came to making a theoretical statement. According to Tanner, James's criticism is the "reverse of schematic." James wants to challenge prescriptive categorizations and fixed taxonomies with regard to such matters as narration, description, dialogue, character, and incident. For James, criticism is not, and cannot be, a theory. It is an art."
  • "Finally, Tanner celebrates James as a writer of autobiography that will have nothing to do with chronology or conventional sequence. Tanner warns readers not to approach James's autobiography expecting fully scripted enactments of historically significant events. Rather they should be prepared to encounter, for example, an odd chin, an amazing eyeglass, or the words of a cross aunt. James "allows memory to browse and graze as it may, as it will," says Tanner. "The result, and effectively the last (and unfinished) piece of writing from this supreme artist, was an incomparable work of, apparently, supreme artlessness. There had never been anything quite like it.""--BOOK JACKET
Member of
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Tanner, Tony
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Jack N. and Addie D. Averitt lecture series
Series volume
no. 4
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • James, Henry
  • Travelers' writings, American
  • Authors, American
  • Criticism
  • Travel writing
  • Autobiography
Label
Henry James and the art of nonfiction, Tony Tanner
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
30439043
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
xiii, 92 pages
Isbn
9780820316895
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
94017032
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(WaOLN)1652620
Label
Henry James and the art of nonfiction, Tony Tanner
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
30439043
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
xiii, 92 pages
Isbn
9780820316895
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
94017032
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(WaOLN)1652620

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