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Experience and Experimental WritingLiterary Pragmatism from Emerson to the Jameses$
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Paul Grimstad

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199874071

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199874071.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Experience and Experimental Writing

Paul Grimstad

Oxford University Press

This Introduction outlines what is to follow in this book. This book aims to try to find what Henry James calls the “history of an effect of experience”, which means not only a way of thinking about composition, but the prehistory of the pragmatist insight that experience is not a matter of correspondence but of process and experiment. To make concrete the transition from thinking of experience as the squaring of inner and outer matters to thinking of experience as a process continued in composition, each chapter is organized around a particular scene or encounter.

Keywords:   experience, Henry James, encounter, thinking, composition

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