Queer Desire in Henry James - The Politics of Erotics in The Bostonians and" The Princess Casamassima"

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James edward Jacobson - Queer Desire in Henry James - The Politics of Erotics in The Bostonians and" The Princess Casamassima".
Drawing on queer theory, this study locates unorthodox desire in Henry James with a special focus on his two most deliberately queer novels, The Bostonians... Lire la suite
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Drawing on queer theory, this study locates unorthodox desire in Henry James with a special focus on his two most deliberately queer novels, The Bostonians and The Princess Casamassima. Jacob Jacobson shows how queer desire in these texts is exploited beyond the personal to solicit pawns for subversive causes. More than banal prattle, anarchism and feminism are viable threats to the status quo. By subtly depicting the potency of the politics of same-sex erotics, James legitimates queer desire.
If fictional deaths are possible metaphors for sex, Jacobson argues that Hyacinth's unlawful suicide can be concurrently read as a veiled act of licentious masturbation. Hyacinth recovers through death both his body politic and his body erotic in what is James's biggest challenge to patriarchy.

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The author : Jacob Jacobson, a freelance writer living in Europe, is currently working on a book exploring queer conspiracies in the Prussian military.

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