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Professor Donald Stone学术报告会——“生活中的不道德”:亨利·詹姆斯小说中的道德意识

 

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Professor Donald Stone学术报告会

 

报告题目“生活中的不道德”:亨利·詹姆斯小说中的道德意识

报告人Professor Donald Stone, Ph.D. of English Literature

报告时间20151217日(星期四)下午4:00-5:30

报告地点:明商0105教室

 

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为什么我发现亨利·詹姆斯对现代读者如此重要?因为他除了是一流的文体家和伟大的小说艺术家之外,他还是美国小说家中最具有道德关怀意识的小说家。詹姆斯在其文论《小说的艺术》中说,作家并不要专门去写“道德”小说,小说的道德主题与小说家的道德意识紧密相连。一个优秀的大脑必然会产生伟大的艺术品。历史总是弱肉强食的进程,然而詹姆斯却站在脆弱、无辜、易受伤害的人群(Catherine SlopersIsabel Archers and Milly Theales)一边,而不是站在强者(Dr Slopers and Gilbert Osmonds and Kate Croys)一边。在他的《霍桑传》中,詹姆斯追述了美国内战是如何让美国人伤痕累累的。在这里,詹姆斯告诉我们,生活远非我们所已经知道的那么复杂,而是更加复杂。如何在一个充满“恐怖分子”的世界里生存?尤其是有时候,这“恐怖分子”就是我们的配偶或者父母和最好的朋友?“人心里邪恶丛生”,这是《金碗》中Amerigo对他妻子所说的。我们又该如何面对生活中的不道德?还能有比詹姆斯的小说主题更根本、更相关的主题吗?我想没有。


报告人简介 

Donald Stone is Senior Professor in the English Department of Peking University, and also Professor Emeritus at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. In his nearly fifty years of teaching, he has been a visiting professor at Capital Normal University in Beijing (1982-83) and also at Harvard University and New York University. He has given many guest lectures at universities throughout China and America. His publications include Novelists in a Changing World (1972) and The Romantic Impulse in Victorian Fiction (1980, both books were published by Harvard University Press), Communications with the Future: Matthew Arnold in Dialogue (1997, University of Michigan Press), and scores of editions, articles, and review-essays. His chapter on Henry James`s literary criticism (for the Cambridge History of Literary Criticism, 2013) will soon appear in Chinese translation. He has won many honors, including a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and an award for Educational Excellence from the Beijing Municipality. He is especially proud of the National Friendship Award (the highest honor China awards to foreigners) he received in 2014 from the Chinese Government. It`s the National Friendship Award--the Chinese Government gives it to 50 foreigners every year. We received a gold medal, had our pictures taken with Premier Li Keqiang, and had dinner with President Xi Jinping (and two former Chinese Presidents) in the Great Hall of the People.