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Daisy Miller, Tradition, and the European Heroine
Motley F. Deakin
Comparative Literature Studies
Vol. 6, No. 1 (1969), pp. 45-59
Published by: Penn State University Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40467801
Page Count: 15
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The attributes of Daisy Miller's character and her situation are influenced as much by European literary heroines Henry James admired as they are by the real American girls he observed. James found these literary heroines primarily in the novels of Turgenev, Cherbuliez, George Sand, and Mme de Staël. These heroines were consistently independent, freedom-loving creatures. To place Daisy Miller in this European tradition is to shift the interpretation of Daisy's character from the conventional emphasis on her innocence to her equally significant rebellious independence. Her social ostracism and death become the pattern one would expect from the champion of and martyr to freedom. (MFD)
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