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Henry James Goes to War

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Edited By Miroslawa Buchholtz, Dorota Guttfeld and Grzegorz Koneczniak

Within the past decades, Henry James has been seen going to the movies and to Paris, both far more likely destinations for him than battlefields of the modern world. Sending him off to war seems to be a preposterous idea, but the exaggeration inscribed in the title of the present volume is meant to stress the historicity of wars and battles underlying James’s life and work, quite apart from conflict on which literature thrives at all times. The book consists of five parts devoted to various forms and aspects of conflict. It deals with both literal and metaphorical battles of which the author was aware or in which he was involved. Apart from addressing James’s attitude to two major conflicts, the Civil War and World War One, the articles range from critical discussions of James’s biography, criticism, and fiction, to studies of the intertextual connections between his œuvre and works of both past and present authors.
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Within the Rim: Henry James, War and Insularity

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Jacek Gutorow, University of Opole

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On June 28, 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand was murdered in Sarajevo. One month later Franz Josef, the emperor of Austria-Hungary, declared war on Serbia. This was answered by Czar Nicholas II, who ordered the mobilization of the Russian army and then Kaiser Wilhelm who declared war on Russia and very soon, at the beginning of August, invaded Belgium and started moving towards France. At that moment the British Prime Minister Herbert Asquith issued an ultimatum to Germany and, when it was vehemently refused, declared war. The declaration was printed by British newspapers on the morning of August 5. The news found James in Rye.

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