Henry James and Sexuality
By (author) Hugh Stevens
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Henry James and Sexuality by Hugh Stevens
Book DescriptionIn Henry James and Sexuality, Hugh Stevens argues for a new interpretation of James's fiction. 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. James critiques the very notion of sexual identity, and depicts the radical play of desires which exceed and disrupt any stable construction of identity. In a number of his major novels and tales, Stevens argues, James anticipates the main features of modern 'gay' or 'queer' fiction through plots and narrative strategies, which opposes heterosexual marriage and homo-erotic friendship. This original and exciting work will transform our understanding of this most enigmatic of writers.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521622592
(228mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 2-Jul-1998
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Hugh Stevens
Cambridge Companion to Gay and Lesbian Writing, Hardback (November 2010)
An exciting introduction to the diversity of approaches to lesbian and gay literature.
Henry James and Sexuality, Paperback (November 2008)
First application of 'queer theory' to Henry James; provides a radical and original interpretation of all his writings.
Modernist Sexualities, Paperback (December 2000)» View all books by Hugh Stevens
Employing diverse theoretical approaches, the essays in this volume show how modernism produced imaginative rethinkings of sex, gender and sexuality. Critics discuss the intersection with historical developments and how this questioned the fundamentals of identity and fixity of gender.
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