Henry James's Permanent Adolescence

Henry James's Permanent Adolescence

by J. Bradley
     
 
This book explores the way Henry James's writing career was influenced by social upheavals in Victorian England, particularly in relation to sexuality and gender.

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This book explores the way Henry James's writing career was influenced by social upheavals in Victorian England, particularly in relation to sexuality and gender.

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'Henry James's Permanent Adolescence is an important addition to the critical reconsideration of Henry James's fictional representations of gender and sexuality. John R. Bradley's notion of 'permanent adolescence' helps us understand James's relationship to his art in the wider context of late-Victorian aestheticism and Decadence, with a particular focus on Walter Pater, John Addington Symonds and Oscar Wilde. Carefully interpreting representative works from each major period is James's career, Bradley offers us a new perspective on how James's art developed in conjunction with his changing views on sexuality'. - Professor John Carlos Rowe, University of California, Irvine

'Bradley writes with admirable lucidity and a companionable briskness...his book...(is) a judicious and, at times, illuminating study of James as a 'gay' artist.' - James Friel, Liverpool John Moores University

'Henry James's Permanent Adolescence is a valuable and well-written contribution to the on-going debate on James's fiction.' - English Language Teaching

Booknews
Bypassing the issue of whether American writer James (1843-1916) was or was not sexually active, literary critic Bradley inquires into his homosexual consciousness, which he characterizes as a documentable and central aspect of his life and writing. Among the topics are critical hostility, defining his homosexuality, the importance of being manly in his early fiction, John Addington Symonds, and the uses of obscurity. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780333918746
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date:
10/27/2000
Edition description:
2000
Pages:
172
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.02(d)

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John R. Bradley is an Independent Scholar.

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