Death in Henry James

Death in Henry James

by A Cutting

Paperback(1st ed. 2005)

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Moving beyond established ideas of haunted Henry James, this book argues that death is as important a concept for understanding James's fiction as gender, sexuality and modernity, which have come to dominate James studies. Combining formal analysis and close reading with theoretical and historical approaches and focusing on key novels and tales from across James's career, Andrew Cutting explores five instances of Jamesian death: sacrifice, the corpse, morbidity, afterlife and demography. This is the first full-length study of this subject.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781349543977
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 08/10/2005
Edition description: 1st ed. 2005
Pages: 198
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.02(d)

About the Author

ANDREW CUTTING is Senior Lecturer in Humanities Information Technology in the Department of Humanities, Arts and Languages at London Metropolitan University, UK.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Note on the Texts Introduction PART 1: VIOLENCE ASHAMED: SACRIFICE IN RODERICK HUDSON Fait Accompli Accident, Suicide and Murder Scapegoat The Princess Casamassima War Artist PART 2: CORPSES AND THE CORPUS Deathbed Necrophilia Abjection Vanishing James's Life/Death Mask PART 3: THE WINGS OF THE DOVE AND THE MORBID Degeneration Seeing Death Rooms and Tombs Style, the Cult of the Dead and Mourning PART 4: AFTERLIVES Communicating with the Future Out-Thinking Death: 'Is there a Life after Death?' Biographobia and the Reader as Legatee Ex-novelist PART 5: DEMOGRAPHY IN THE PORTRAIT OF A LADY Calculation, the Crowd, and the Sublime Framing Life Mortality in James's Population Notes Bibliography Index

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