Henry James’s The Portrait of a Lady *NEW*

Written in an era of new American curiosity to travel in Europe after the Civil War, James’s early masterpiece uncovers in the international encounter subtle cultural, psychological, and moral complexities. We will begin with the reverse situation in James’s early comic novel, The Europeans, in which a respectable New England family gets shaken up by the arrival of relatives with foreign manners and ambiguous motives. Reading: The Europeans, Penguin Classics, The Portrait of a Lady, Penguin Classics.  Instructor: Margery M. Sabin