Arabic Political Memoirs and Other Studies

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Psychology Press, 1974 - History - 327 pages
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Beginning with The Portrait of a Lady, this book shows how, in developing his unique form of realism, James highlights the tragic consequences of his American heroine's Romantic imagination, in particular, her Emersonian idealism. In order to expose Emerson's blind spot, a lacuna at the very centre of his New England Transcendentalism, James draws on the Gothic effects of Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allan Poe, thereby producing an intensification of Isabel Archer's psychological state and precipitating her awakening to a fuller, heightened consciousness. Thus Romanticism takes an aesthetic turn, becoming distinctly Paterian and unleashing queer possibilities that are further developed in James's subsequent fiction.

This book follows the Paterian thread, leading to "The Author of Beltraffio" and Théophile Gauthier, and thereby establishing an important connection with French culture. Drawing on James's famous analogy between the art of fiction and the art of the painter, the book explores a possible link to the Impressionist painters associated with the literary circle Émile Zola dominated. It then turns to "A New England Winter," a tale about an American Impressionist painter, and finds traces leading back to James's "initiation prèmiere." The book closes with an exploration of the possible sources of Kate Croy's "unspeakable" father in The Wings of the Dove and proposes a possible intertext, one that provides direct insight into the Victorian closet.

 

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Contents

1 The Fate of Constitutionalism in the Middle East
1
2 Political Parties in the Arab World
28
3 The American University of Beirut
59
4 The Alliance Israélite Universelle 18601960
73
5 The Death of Adib Ishaq
81
6 Mr Memmi on Jewishness and the Jews
101
Kawakibi Azoury and Jung
107
8 The Impact of the Young Turk Revolution on the Arabicspeaking Provinces of the Ottoman Empire
124
12 AntiMarxism in Egypt
206
13 The ArabIsraeli Conflict
218
14 Sir Hugh Foots Memoirs
231
15 Sir Mark Sykes and Palestine 191516
236
16 Young Turks Freemasons and Jews
243
17 The Jews of Baghdad in 1910
263
18 Wavell and Iraq AprilMay 1941
273
19 The Sack of Basra and the Farhud in Baghdad
283

9 Arabs Ancient and Modern
162
10 The Apprentice Sorcerers
170
11 Arabic Political Memoirs
177
Place of publication London unless otherwise indicated
315
Index
321
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