Lecture on Henry James novels planned

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

Eureka College Provost and Dean of the College Philip Acree Cavalier will present “Imposing Order on Urban Chaos: Urban Capital in the Novels of Henry James” at 3:15 p.m. April 6 in the Gammon Room in Melick Library, Eureka College.

The presentation is part of the Faculty Colloquium Series. It is free and open to the public.

Cavalier will discuss Henry James’ fascination with how people accumulate knowledge about the 19th-century cities in which they live. James’ novels explore what one must know about the places, practices, relations and language of a specific city in order to claim the authority of a city insider.

Cavalier will examine examples of that aspect of James’ writing in the novels “The Bostonians,” set in Boston; “The Princess Casamassima,” set in London; and “The Ambassadors,” set in Paris. 

The presentation is the final of four colloquium presentations by Eureka College faculty members this academic year. For more information, contact colloquium coordinator Scott Hemmenway at 467-6333.