Henry James and the Imagination of Pleasure

Henry James and the Imagination of Pleasure

ISBN10: 0521119855
ISBN13: 978-0521119856
Author: -
Title: Henry James and the Imagination of Pleasure
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (September 17, 2009)
Language: English
Size ePub: 1640 kb
Size PDF: 1542 kb
Rating: 4.6/5
Votes: 516
Pages: 216 pages
Subcategory: History & Criticism

Henry James and the Imagination of Pleasure


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Tessa Hadley examines how Henry James progressively disentangles himself from the moralizing frame through which English-language novels in the nineteenth century had visualized sexual passion. Hadley argues that his relationship with the European novel tradition was crucial, helping to leave behind the belief that only bad women could be sexual. She explores the emphasis James placed on the power of pleasure and play--themes central to his ambitious goal to represent the privileges and the pains of turn-of-the-century leisure class society.

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