Americans’ Eastward Journey - Intercultural Communication in The Portrait of a Lady

Binyun WANG, Ruwen ZHANG


In the late 19th century, a heat of travel abroad especially to Europe arose among Americans. With The portrait of a Lady, noted for its international theme as the research subject, this paper intends to interpret some leading causes including context, prejudice and ethnocentrism resulting in cultural conflicts. Meanwhile, a closer observation will be given to the process and types of cultural adaptation, containing culture shock, assimilation and integration. This paper, lastly, expresses that a more smooth intercultural communication is urgently needed for an ideal culture integration.


Intercultural communication; Cultural conflicts; Cultural adaptation; Henry James

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