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False positions : the representational logics of Henry James's fiction

Author: Julie Rivkin
Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Representation is the subject of this book, representation taken in a series of senses, from the formal and linguistic to the social and political. Representation poses a theoretical problem that can be located in the inconsistency between two vocabularies for compositional method: one positing a "centre of consciousness" (James's term), the other being a story of displaced agency and intermediaries, of deputies,
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Named Person: Henry James; Henry James; Henry James; Henry James
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Julie Rivkin
ISBN: 0804726175 9780804726177
OCLC Number: 33983648
Description: viii, 225 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. Ghost Writers: Jamesian Tales of Representation --
2. False Positions: The Logic of Delegation in The Ambassadors --
3. Life Like Copies: The Dual Economy of The Wings of the Dove --
4. The Proper Third Person: Undoing the Oedipal Family in What Maisie Knew --
5. Making Virgins: The Production and Consumption of Innocence in The Awkward Age.
Responsibility: Julie Rivkin.
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