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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
2.Jamesian - of or relating to or characteristic of Henry James or his writing
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Hollinghurst has a tendency to use dialogue too obviously to convey background information, but the Jamesian elegance and psychological acuity of his previous novels grace The Sparsholt Affair as well.
Any Jamesian will be surprised at how much new light Murphy casts on these eerie tales of revenants and demons.
Crosby recognizes that his radical materialism is a far cry from what James understood as materialism but proposes nonetheless that Jamesian thought is a hospitable setting for it.
However, an article was devoted to him in the February 1981 issue, written by Jamesian scholar Adeline R.
This is a simple motto which encapsulates a Jamesian philosophy, the simple man accepting simple declarations.
Carette identifies key traits of Jamesian thought in the phenomena of a "philosophical" zig-zag (emphasizing the connections between experience and understanding, percept and concept as inherently relational, thus subject to change due to the selective emphasis of the philosopher) and a "transitional" zig-zag (James's emphasis on change and context in his heroic philosophy of becoming).
SUMMARY: Jesse Prinz's recent perceptual theory of emotion honors the central Jamesian claim that the emotion follows, and is actually caused by, the syndrome of bodily changes which are typical of emotional reactions.
No more the Jamesian "donnee," but, rather, today's admonition in place of yesterday's.
He discusses auto/biographical studies, all of James' biographers, Jamesian auto/biographies, and a photographic remembrance.
In what follows, I treat Jamesian influences on Cynthia Ozick's Foreign Bodies and Jonathan Franzen's Freedom and the allusions to James in Philip Roth's The Ghost Writer and Exit Ghost.
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").
Gooblar places the novel itself in the context of Roth's desire to be taken "seriously" as an author in the sixties, as he attempted to engage his critics and compose a pair of overtly Jamesian novels that would cement his position in an American canon still shaped by high modernist standards.