Focusing on James's last three completed novels - The Ambassadors, The Wings of the Dove, and The Golden Bowl - Maya Higashi Wakana shows how a microsociological approach to James's novels radically revises the widespread tradition of putting James's characters into historical and cultural contexts. Persuasively argued, and rich in original close readings, her book discloses the richness and complexity of the interpersonal connections depicted in James's late novels.
Cover; Contents; Acknowledgements; List of Abbreviations; Introduction: Performing the Everyday, Face to Face, in Henry James; 1 Wanting to Want to Be Straight and Right: Strether's Liberation in The Ambassadors; 2 The Stigmatized and the Normals: Milly, Densher, and Kate's Survival in The Wings of the Dove; 3 Intimacy and Sexuality: Challenging the Official Story of Maggie Verver in The Golden Bowl; 4 Teams, Teammates, and Intimacy: The Unofficial Story of Maggie Verver in The Golden Bowl; Conclusion: Civility, Freedom, and Morality in Henry James; Bibliography; Index
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