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By Gert Buelens

The Jamesian mode of writing, it's been claimed, actively works opposed to an knowing of how fact, historical past and gear movement in his texts. Enacting heritage in Henry James argues as a substitute that James' writing supplies an experiential form of wisdom, one who is attained by means of actively engaging within the strength video games and ethical dramas that spread in the textual content. analyzing James hence calls for not only an emotional responsiveness, but additionally a moral assumption of accountability for the act of analyzing. This publication locations James' paintings in a clean theoretical context and throws new gentle in this so much enigmatic of writers.

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4 Mark Seltzer, Henry James and the Art of Power (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1984), 24. 5 Initially, such studies focused, with varying degrees of acrimony, on James's ambivalent relation to the literary market and the newly emerging consumer capitalism. See, for example, Henry Nash Smith, Democracy and the Novel: Popular Resistance to Classic American Writers (New York: Oxford University Press, 1978); Marcia Jacobson, Henry James and Power relations in the novels of Henry James 35 the Mass Market (Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1983); Jean Christophe Agnew, 'The Consuming Vision of Henry James', in The Culture of Consumption: Critical Essays in American History 1880-1980, ed.

An immanent policing so thoroughly inscribed in the most ordinary social practices that it is finally indistinguishable from manners, cooperation, and care' (61). 18 Supervisory functions have thus been 'comprehensively taken over by other less obtrusive, less "shameful" networks of surveillance' (63). Traditionally, in James-criticism the two terms love and power have been kept apart: 'But I have begun to suggest that The Golden Bowl displays precisely a criminal continuity between these terms.

Of all nineteenth-century writers, James is probably the one who Power relations in the novels of Henry James is most aware of the permanent presence of manipulation and the constant re-emergence of social asymmetries in relations. Deceiving and exploiting others is the major crime in his fictional world, and it is part of his historically remarkable achievement that, in contrast to the unmistakably melodramatic roots of his work, these instances no longer manifest themselves in overtly melodramatic fashion, but are traced to often almost unnoticeable nuances of the most 'civilized' forms of social interaction.

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