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Henry James And Homo-Erotic Desire

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This collection of essays represents the first book to explore the complex influence of homosexuality on the life and fiction of Henry James. An extensive biographical introduction is complemented by an essay documenting James' friendships with younger men, which includes quotations from unpublished letters. Other subjects include the influence on James of the emergence of a specific concept of the homosexual in Victorian England and James' reactions to the aesthetic movement. New, often radical, perspectives on ...

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Overview

This collection of essays represents the first book to explore the complex influence of homosexuality on the life and fiction of Henry James. An extensive biographical introduction is complemented by an essay documenting James' friendships with younger men, which includes quotations from unpublished letters. Other subjects include the influence on James of the emergence of a specific concept of the homosexual in Victorian England and James' reactions to the aesthetic movement. New, often radical, perspectives on stories from all phases of James' career are also included.

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Editorial Reviews

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“... the cumulative effect of the essays is greater knowledge and therefore greater understanding.” —Choice

“... the essays collected in this volume reveal a rich dimension to James's life and work that has too long been ignored.” —Boston Book Review

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This work marks a major paradigm shift in James studies. An introduction by James' most recent biographer offers a substantial discussion of James' homosexuality. Essays document James' friendships with younger men, quoting his previously unpublished love letters, and discuss the emergence of a specific concept of the homosexual in Victorian England, James' reactions to the aesthetic movement, and renunciations in his later novels. Contributors offer new, often radical perspectives on work from all phases of James' career. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312217648
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 1/15/1999
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

John R. Bradley was educated at University College in London, Dartmouth College and Exeter College in Oxford and was editor of the London Quarterly from 1994-97.

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Table of Contents

Introduction—Sheldon M. Novick
• James Amongst the Aesthetes—Richard Ellmann
• Henry James' Permanent Adolescence—John R. Bradley
• The Art of Friendship in Roderick Hudson —Gregory Woods
• An Exchange of Gifts in The American —Cheryl B. Torsney
• Failed Heterosexuality in The Portrait of a Lady —Robert K. Martin
• A World of Female Friendship: The Bostonians —David Van Leer
• Homo-Erotic Desire in the Tales of Writers and Artists—Leland S. Person, Jr.
• Dearly Beloved Friends: James' Letters to Younger Men—Susan E. Gunter & Steven H. Jobe
• Renunciation in the Late Novels—Nicolas Buchele
• Index

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