Henry James Discussion Topics

Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

Henry James was not fond of humorous fiction. Is there any humor in his writing? If so, how does it function?

Identify and comment on the effect of the ambiguities in The Turn of the Screw.

Does James succeed equally well in characterizing men and women?

Contrast the motives and accomplishments of James’s Americans abroad in his earlier and later novels respectively.

Was James wise to rewrite some of his earlier novels in his later and more complex style when preparing the New York Edition of his works?

Henry James’s brother William became an important psychologist. Should Henry have become a psychologist?

Does the resourcefulness of James’s female protagonists allow them to succeed in their endeavors?