Daisy Miller | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Louise K. Barnett

This literature criticism consists of approximately 10 pages of analysis & critique of Daisy Miller.
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Critical Essay by Louise K. Barnett

SOURCE: "Jamesian Feminism: Women in 'Daisy Miller'," in Studies in Short Fiction, Vol. 16, No. 4, Fall, 1979, pp. 281-87.

In the following essay, Barnett compares the limitations society places on women with Winterbourne's self-imposed social and personal restrictions.

Although Henry James satirizes the idea of a women's movement in The Bostonians, his constant exploration of the tension between individual self-realization and social restriction often focuses upon the way in which society particularly shapes the behavior of women. A number of James's heroines must give up some degree of personal fulfilment and freedom because of social realities. The fine spirit of Isabel Archer is "ground in the very mill of the conventional," just as Marie de Vionnet, another valued heroine, must be sacrificed to Chad Newsome's social obligations of marriage and...

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