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A word of encouragement

March 29th, 2011 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Hi folks,

You all did some really good interpretive work in class today. It was a pleasure to hear you make sense of James’s stories as you–as a group–explained what he seems to mean by “the real thing.” Thank you.

For those who didn’t make it to the seminar today, here’s one observation Samantha made about how Henry James seems to want us to approach his fiction that you may find useful: “In order to have an analysis that is truthful, and provable, readers should look on the whole to understand the parts. The parts are just pieces that when joined together, you get…meaning.” This sounds, in fact, quite similar to what William James was observing about the meaning of a sentence in that short passage we kept returning to from the “Stream of Thought.”

Please keep this up this careful critical work as you venture into The Ambassadors.

See you on Thursday!

Professor Zino

p.s. Don’t forget to take a look at the post below this one.

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