The First Paragraph of The Ambassadors: an explication (1960)
- 106 Downloads
When I was asked if I would do a piece of explication at this conference,★ I was deep in Henry James, and beginning The Ambassadors: so the passage chose itself; but just what was explication, and how did one do it to prose? I take it that whereas explanation, from explanare, suggests a mere making plain by spreading out, explication, from explcare, implies a progressive unfolding of a series of literary implications, and thus partakes of our modern preference for multiplicity in method and meaning: explanation assumes an ultimate simplicity, explication assumes complexity.
Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.
- 12.See George Gnox, ‘James’s Rhetoric of Quotes’, in College English, xvii(1956)293–7.Google Scholar