"Techniques of the Observer"

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If you did not write about “The Real Thing” or “The Pupil,” try this prompt for blog #5

March 29th, 2011 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Take a look at this image of Holbein’s 1533 painting, “The Ambassadors.”  After reading the first two books of Henry James’s The Ambassadors (1903), in preparation for Thursday’s meeting, write one paragraph about what seeing the painting adds to your reading of the book. Then, write second paragraph about what reading the book adds to what you see in the painting. At this early stage in your reading, what case can you make for the relationship between Holbein’s painting and James’s novel?

(Your next blog post, for Tuesday, April 12th, will then be a follow-up to and reflection on this post.)

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