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Search within book. Costello makes a reference to a novel in French which was to become obscure even within the last years of the nineteenth century. Costello remarks:. The young lady, however, is also very intimate with some third-rate Italians, with whom she rackets about in a way that makes much talk. Here it is not only a secondary character, but one who is outright ill disposed towards the heroine of the novel.
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He was simultaneously, as a French speaker, a member of the European cultural order to which James in so many ways aspired throughout his career, and yet also someone who had come from a Protestant background broadly comparable to the culture James had left behind in New England. Another Protestant admirer, albeit Swiss rather than American, proves himself fickle in his loyalty.
Costello is here doing may be found in Shakespeare. Tis sweet and commendable in your nature, Hamlet, To give these mourning duties to your father, But you must know your father lost a father, That father lost, lost his—and the survivor bound In filial obligation for some term To do obsequious sorrow. Of course that makes nonsense of what may be called realism in literature.
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It has to be assumed that Claudius, the plausible human being, is sacrificed here by Shakespeare for the sake of incriminating him in the eyes of the audience. In the seventeenth century or the nineteenth, for that matter the readership or audience could be relied on to pick up the biblical reference from Genesis. Or, alternatively, it might be argued that Shakespeare is here giving us not the realism of the conscious world but rather the psychological realism of Freud, according to whom we reveal our most essential truths despite our conscious selves, by saying the very last thing which should come into our heads.
The first is to the most common work of literature of all—the Bible—whereas the second is to a far from canonical text. But in each case the character is made by the author to incriminate himself or herself.
In each case the later work has surely eclipsed the earlier. On the latter especially, see G.
There are, in addition, important allusions to Cervantes, Smollett and Fanny Burney. Drudge seems to have been waiting for it to do so and for the last few seconds has been dusting it with an intense concentration.
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Absence as Metaphor in Henry James's "The Author of `Beltraffio'"
While illness has been recognized, as one of the prime stimulants of creativity, 1 "the myth of the sick artist has also been dismissed as a fabrication created by the artist himself for his own benefit, as it were. Freud speculated that the artist's creative activity may be a possible cure for his illness. Nevertheless, Nietzsche not only considered the creative process itself a fundamentally healthy one, but defined its very goal as health.
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For even if health should be the ultimate and ideal aim of a creative process that originates in illness, that process, as well as the created work itself, may become contaminated by the illness that set creativity in motion in the first place. Even worse, the "sick" work of art may further contaminate those exposed to it. The problem of such contagion and its moral implications is a significant issue in Susan Sontag's Illness as Metaphor, which also touches upon the contradictions associated with the diseased artist.
On the one hand, Sontag notes, illness has been perceived as a metaphor for sensitivity, spiritual refinement and creativity 36, 37, The complex relations between disease and art are conspicuous in many of Henry James's works. In each of the three stories, the artist is the victim of a disease that sets him apart from most ordinary human beings and a creative force that brings forth largely unrecognized works. Yet, for a short while, he seems to recover.