Questions and Answers for Henry James

Henry James

What are Henry James' views on the art of fiction?

In the "The Art of Fiction," Henry James holds the view that fiction is an art that cannot be governed by a set of rules. According to the author, fiction is a genre that should not be confined by...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2019 7:32 am UTC

2 educator answers

Henry James

What are the gothic elements found in the story "Sir Edmund Orme" by Henry James?

Some gothic elements in Sir Edmund Orme include: 1) Women in distress, often exhibiting nervous, overwrought emotions. It is obvious to the narrator that something is affecting Mrs. Marden's peace...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2015 8:11 pm UTC

1 educator answer

Henry James

Why Henry James likens fiction to a "living organism"?

Henry James was a realist. He played with point of view in his novels. He was very creative in his way of implementing literary point of view. He uses the "unreliable narrator" to show that people...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2009 3:23 pm UTC

1 educator answer

Henry James

Was Henry James a realist in the nineteenth century? Can you name some of his works?

Realism is writing that took place during the 19th Century, and was much different than the works produced by the Romantics. As its name suggests, the authors of realistic pieces were committed to...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2011 11:16 am UTC

1 educator answer

Henry James

In the story "Daisy Miller" is she a vulgarian who corrupts high standards of culture OR is she simply a naive girl...

Henry James is often considered a master of nuance in fiction. He rarely shows readers just one side of a question, but rather displays fully rounded characters in all their complexity. Thus, the...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2018 12:06 am UTC

1 educator answer

Henry James

How did the fiction of Henry James offer a springboard to the modernism of 20th century literature?

As a progenitor of literary criticism, Henry James named or created many of the literary techniques we now take for granted. His view of literature was simple; a good writer produces good fiction,...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2011 4:05 am UTC

1 educator answer