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1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of William James, his philosophy, or his teachings.
2. Of, relating to, or characteristic of Henry James or his writings.


(ˈdʒeɪmzɪən) or


(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) relating to or characteristic of Henry James or his brother, William James


or James•e•an

(ˈdʒeɪm zi ən)

1. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Henry James or his writings.
2. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of William James or his philosophy.
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Adj.1.Jamesian - of or relating to or characteristic of William James or his philosophy or his teachings
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This is a simple motto which encapsulates a Jamesian philosophy, the simple man accepting simple declarations.
It seems as if atheists could well subscribe to Jamesian religion on these grounds.
On the surface, Green Water, Green Sky appears to be a variation on Jamesian fictions of Americans abroad, but at one point the narrator comments on George, one of the centres of consciousness in this fiction of shifting points of view: "His training was planned for the social rather than the human collapse.
This he examines in a sequence of select case studies --the French Revolution (and state formation), Venice, the bourgeois city (the Jamesian and Futurist critiques), World War II (the bombing of Dresden and the razing of Warsaw), the destruction (and re-building) of Bosnian mosques, and the 'modernization' of contemporary Mecca.
Roth has donated himself, in his instances of narrativizing illness, "as the amphora," which Charon recognizes as coming from the Jamesian house of fiction ("Where Does" 28).
The result is a modernist canvas that mirrors the complexity and diversity of the metropolis itself and is in turn mirrored by Chaudhuri's idiosyncratic style, blending autobiography, literary reportage, and personal essay and punctuated by a Jamesian penchant for the peculiar word ("rebarbative," "spectatorial," "studenty").
Jamesian faith not only tolerates uncertainty, but a "live hypothesis" requires a good deal of it, initially at least, as an opportunity to exercise belief.
The plot thickens in a 300-page Jamesian manner full of the very best in late-style language and analytic brilliance.
More complex were two landscapes in which figurative elements on both sides of the diaphanous scrim work in tandem to create recognizably Jamesian topographies.
Filled with equal parts Jamesian nuance and menschlichkeit, Koeppen had a style that did not remotely depend on a previous tradition of style, and we can read his American travelogue with great interest even though we might think, in terms of the material, we have heard it all before.
He states repeatedly that Julian is no mystic, "at least not in the Jamesian sense" (28, 29, 75, etc.
Read aloud, the Jamesian sentences have a logically organized yet fluid and discursive elegance.