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Daisy Miller: A Study in Ambiguity Henry James
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Ambiguity A quality or state of duality, indistinctness or equivocation
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Goals of Course (reminder) 1) Cultural literacy (least important) 2) Identify with others distant in time, geography, experience 3) Learn about yourself as a reader and thinker 4) Learn about an element of history that reflects and shapes human perception 5) Contemplate complexity: ambiguity, paradox, contradiction 6) Learn to pay close attention to effects
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The Rising Conflict: Categorizing Daisy Miller “hopelessly vulgar”? “uncultivated” OR “indelicate”? “a young person of the reckless class”? (351) “a fearful frightful flirt” AND a “nice girl”? “an extraordinary mixture of innocence and crudity (335) “an inscrutable combination of audacity and innocence” (342)
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What Does Daisy Want? Freedom from societal restraints: like the narrator of the “Yellow Wallpaper”? 341, 343. To have mobility and freedom: “If I did not walk I should expire,” “goes on,” “goes round” “goes too far,” not “stiff” To defy those who would try to control her, or too innocent to even think about it? 351
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What does Winterbourne want? 342 and 351 -- to categorize her … or to have her to himself? 348 -- to be unafraid?
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The resolution: more ambiguity? The moment of truth in the Colosseum? 343-4 What was the injustice? 356 Do you agree that Winterbourne really behaved unjustly to Daisy? Does he learn or change from this troubled conscience?
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Symbolism in Daisy’s Fate The Colisuem’s “villainous miasma” 353 -- a symbol? Symbolism in description of the Palace of the Caesars 351
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Interpretive Triangle Author Text Audience (in historical context)
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Henry James (1843-1916) Born in New York, educated in Europe from ages 12-16, returns to live permanently in 1876 at age 33. “the international theme” Becomes naturalized British subject 1915
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Henry James’s Inspiration A friend living in Rome happened to mention “some simple and uninformed American lady of the previous summer, whose young daughter, a child of nature and freedom … had picked up by the wayside, with the best conscience in the world, a good-looking Roman, of vague identity, astonished at his good luck, yet (so far as might be, by the pair) all innocently, all serenely exhibited and introduced: this at least till the occurrence of some social check, some interrupting incident, of no great gravity and dignity ….”
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This note was uploaded on 07/13/2010 for the course E 316K taught by Professor Berry during the Fall '09 term at University of Texas.

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