Henry James and Sexuality

Henry James and Sexuality

by Hugh Stevens
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521089859

ISBN-13: 9780521089852

Pub. Date: 11/06/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Henry James and Sexuality offers a bold, new interpretation of James's fiction. Hugh Stevens argues that James's writing contains daring and radical representations of transgressive desires and marginalized sexual identities. He demonstrates the importance of incestuous desire, masochistic fantasy, and same-sex passions in a body of fiction which ostensibly conforms…  See more details below

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Henry James and Sexuality offers a bold, new interpretation of James's fiction. Hugh Stevens argues that James's writing contains daring and radical representations of transgressive desires and marginalized sexual identities. He demonstrates the importance of incestuous desire, masochistic fantasy, and same-sex passions in a body of fiction which ostensibly conforms to, while ironically mocking, the contemporary moral and publishing codes James faced. This original and exciting work will transform our understanding of this most enigmatic of writers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521089852
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/06/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations
1Henry James and the languages of sex1
2Gender and representation in The Wings of the Dove20
3Sexuality and the aesthetic in The Golden Bowl45
4The eroticism of prohibition: masochism and the law in Roderick Hudson61
5Queer plotting: The Bostonians and The Princess Casamassima90
6James's late short fiction and the spectacle of modern homosexuality117
7Suicide and blackmail: James's 'poor sensitive gentleman'145
Conclusion: 'that queer monster the artist'164
Notes174
Bibliography197
Index215

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