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dc.contributor.advisor Ward, J. A.
dc.creatorIacono, William Richard
dc.date.accessioned 2016-04-22T21:58:07Z
dc.date.available 2016-04-22T21:58:07Z
dc.date.issued 1968
dc.identifier.citation Iacono, William Richard. "The Ambassadors: the dialectic of action and repose." (1968) Master’s Thesis, Rice University. https://hdl.handle.net/1911/89676.
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1911/89676
dc.description.abstract The thesis of this essay is that there is a dialectical process of cognition in the mind of Lambert Strether and that this dialectic is reflected in the structure and themes of the novel. Previous investigations of the modes of cognition in James’s work have concentrated on the polarities of the Jamesian consciousness. This essay attempts to show how polarities are presented and resolved first, in the mind of Lambert Strether, second, in the structure of the novel in its individual parts and as a whole, and third, in the theme of "action vs. rest and repose." The essay outlines what Strether has learned through a consideration of the symbolic confrontation between the values of Woollett and Paris. The course of the novel traces Strether's growth from ignorance and self-deception to knowledge and self-awareness, and presents Strether's gradual synthesis of both action and repose while looking forward to his eventual return to action and the world of Woollett.
dc.format.extent 79 pp
dc.language.iso eng
dc.title The Ambassadors: the dialectic of action and repose
dc.identifier.digital RICE0707
dc.type.genre Thesis
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thesis.degree.department English
thesis.degree.discipline Humanities
thesis.degree.grantor Rice University
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts
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dc.identifier.callno Thesis Engl. 1968 Iacono


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