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Course Description

The Portrait of a Lady  is probably the most popular of James's long novels, and some consider it his best. It tells the story of a young American woman who journeys to Europe in search of self-realization. When she is left a fortune intended to ensure her freedom, she instead falls prey to fascinating but unscrupulous expatriates.  And The Golden Bowl at almost 600 pages with really only four characters was described by Alfred Kazin in the New York Times Book Review as  “one of the most dramatic, suspense laden, constantly absorbing and psychologically  exciting novels in the world.” While reading James can sometimes be challenging, many of his works have provided striking material for brilliant adaptations, with their lush settings and fascinating characters --often Americans in Victorian England or Italy. We will see at least parts of a BBC production and a big-budget movie for each of our two novels.Note: Students may read any version of the books, including Kindle and other e-readers.     Facilitated DiscussionViewing Video(s)
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