Misanthropy of Form: John Banville’s Henry James / Misantropia da Forma: Henry James de John Banville

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Title Misanthropy of Form: John Banville’s Henry James / Misantropia da Forma: Henry James de John Banville

Creator Toal, Catherine
Subject John Banville; Mrs. Osmond; Henry James; The Portrait of A Lady; misanthropy; misantropia;metafiction; metaficção; Bildungsroman.

Description Abstract: Mrs Osmond (2017) is unique to date among John Banville’s non-pseudonymous novels in having a female protagonist and no first-person voice. Reviewers have hailed it as a pastiche faithful to the style and dramatic situation of the classic work for which it offers a sequel, Henry James’s The Portrait of a Lady (1881). This essay argues that Mrs Osmond dismantles all the central elements of Portrait. Its manner of doing so shows the fundamental importance of a quality often observed in Banville’s male narrators—misanthropy—to the design of his novels, particularly its close connection to the aspect of his work most highlighted by scholars: metafictional self-reflexivity.Resumo: Mrs. Osmond (2017) é o único entre os romances não pseudonímicos de John Banville a ter uma protagonista feminina e nenhuma voz em primeira pessoa. Os críticos o saudaram como um pastiche fiel ao estilo e à situação dramática da obra clássica The Portrait of A Lady (1881), de Henry James, para a qual oferece uma sequência. Este ensaio argumenta que Mrs. Osmond desmonta todos os elementos centrais de Portrait. Sua maneira de fazer isso mostra a importância fundamental de uma qualidade frequentemente observada nos narradores masculinos de Banville para a construção de seus romances – a misantropia – e particularmente sua estreita conexão com o aspecto mais destacado de sua obra pelos estudiosos: a auto reflexividade metaficcional.

Publisher FFLCH/ABEI

Date 2020-09-04
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Avaliado pelos pares
Format application/pdf
Identifier http://revistas.fflch.usp.br/abei/article/view/3856
Source ABEI Journal; v. 22, n. 1 (2020): ABEI Journal 22.1 — Word Upon World: Half a Century of John Banville's Universes; 173-182
Language eng
Relation http://revistas.fflch.usp.br/abei/article/view/3856/3173
Rights Direitos autorais 2020 Catherine Toal

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