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Queer Impressions: Henry James' Art of Fiction - Studies in Major Literary Authors (Hardback)
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Queer Impressions: Henry James' Art of Fiction - Studies in Major Literary Authors (Hardback)

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Hardback 194 Pages / Published: 30/08/2005
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Beginning with The Portrait of a Lady, this book shows how, in developing his unique form of realism, James highlights the tragic consequences of his American heroine's Romantic imagination, in particular, her Emersonian idealism. In order to expose Emerson's blind spot, a lacuna at the very centre of his New England Transcendentalism, James draws on the Gothic effects of Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allan Poe, thereby producing an intensification of Isabel Archer's psychological state and precipitating her awakening to a fuller, heightened consciousness. Thus Romanticism takes an aesthetic turn, becoming distinctly Paterian and unleashing queer possibilities that are further developed in James's subsequent fiction.

This book follows the Paterian thread, leading to "The Author of Beltraffio" and Theophile Gauthier, and thereby establishing an important connection with French culture. Drawing on James's famous analogy between the art of fiction and the art of the painter, the book explores a possible link to the Impressionist painters associated with the literary circle Emile Zola dominated. It then turns to "A New England Winter," a tale about an American Impressionist painter, and finds traces leading back to James's "initiation premiere." The book closes with an exploration of the possible sources of Kate Croy's "unspeakable" father in The Wings of the Dove and proposes a possible intertext, one that provides direct insight into the Victorian closet.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN: 9780415975339
Number of pages: 194
Weight: 318 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm

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