Daisy Miller | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Carey H. Kirk

This literature criticism consists of approximately 13 pages of analysis & critique of Daisy Miller.
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Critical Essay by Carey H. Kirk

SOURCE: "'Daisy Miller': The Reader's Choice," in Studies in Short Fiction, Vol. 17, No. 3, Summer, 1980, pp. 275-83.

In the following essay, Kirk examines stylistic aspects of Daisy Miller, focusing on James's use of ambivalence in the characters of Daisy and Winterbourne.

Any overview of the past century's critical responses to Daisy Miller reveals a radical shift in readers' sympathies with its characters. The genteel American audience of James's day was outraged and insulted by Daisy's liberated behavior, but modern sensibilities identify Winterbourne as the principal offender against human decency. They accuse him of being everything from an emotional cripple to an unfeeling criminal, and now count Daisy as his almost innocent victim.

This change of allegiance can be explained, of course, by a shift in cultural attitudes towards...

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