Henry James and the Imagination of Pleasure by Tessa HadleyHenry James and the Imagination of Pleasure by Tessa Hadley

Henry James and the Imagination of Pleasure

byTessa Hadley

Paperback | September 17, 2009

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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.
Tessa Hadley teaches literature and creative writing at Bath Spa University College in Cardiff, Wales.
Title:Henry James and the Imagination of PleasureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.51 inPublished:September 17, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521119855

ISBN - 13:9780521119856

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Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. 'Just you wait!': reflections on the last chapters of The Portrait of a Lady; 2. 'In a dream or an old novel': governesses in What Maisie Knew and The Turn of the Screw; 3. 'The sacred terror': The Awkward Age and James's men of the world; 4. 'Blushing in the dark': language and sex in The Ambassadors; 5. 'Poor girls with their rent to pay': class in In the Cage and The Wings of the Dove; 6. 'The house of quiet': privileges and pleasures in The Golden Bowl.

Editorial Reviews

"...a welcome addition to recent assessments meant to combat our view of James..." English Literature in Transition 1880-1920