- To analyse key passages in the novel in order to explore James’ deft handling of narrative techniques of plot, character and setting.
- To explore those relevant passages with the aim of furnishing teachers with literary comprehensive and writing tools to fulfill the requirements typical of the Component 3 options, i.e., the general essay and text- based questions.
- To examine James’s narrative strategies and linguistic style within the framework of social and psychological realist fiction.
- To encourage teachers of IGCSE to deploy reading and writing strategies aimed at developing critical thinking and personal response with the literary extended essay in focus..
To present teachers with alternative study guidelines that ensure a thorough examination and exploration of the thematic and literary potential of the text.
- Presentation of the historical and social and economic context of the United Stated in the mid 19thCentury, analyzing key aspects of the influence of the ideals of republicanism and democracy and its representation in literature.
- Introduction to the merging aspects of the novel’s genre, such as the conventions of the Novel of Manners and of the elements of Melodrama, and its thematic and stylistic shaping of realist fiction.
- Discussion of the novel’s main themes, related to Patriarchy and gender issues,
the (American) Nation, loss, authority and the construction of the American identity and ethos.
Analysis of key passages with the purpose of encouraging a critical reading of James’ literary style, and the exploration of questions of form and content.
- Introduction to the novel’s context of production and reception. Historical review.
- Introduction to James’ Realism in the context of theories of social and psychological approaches to narrative.
- Study of key extracts in the novel that foreground relevant generic, thematic and stylistic aspects so as to enforce reading and writing strategies
- Open debate and discussion in order to deal with crucial issues related to essay writing skills and aspects of form and content, with a focus on Essay-type questions.
This is one hour interactive webinar where all questions and queries will be addressed.
We will be using the online platform Zoom for our webinar sessions.
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Time: from 17.30 to 19.00
- James, Henry. Washington Square. With a new introduction by Mona Simpson. Signet Classics,2013.
- Valiska Gregory, Melissa. From Melodrama to Monologue: Henry James and Domestic Terror, The Henry James Review, - John Hopkins University Press. Vol.25, number 2. Spring 2004. 10.1353/hjr.2004.0015.
- Williams, Merle. Protean Form in in Washington Square: Linguistic Experimentation and the Anticipation of Life. Published online: 25 Oct 2016. Pages 101-113.. Retrieved from