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Henry James and the Queerness of Style$
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Kevin Ohi

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816654932

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816654932.001.0001

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On the Erotics of Literary Style

On the Erotics of Literary Style

(p.1) Introduction On the Erotics of Literary Style
Henry James and the Queerness of Style

Kevin Ohi

University of Minnesota Press

This introductory chapter discusses the queerness of Henry James’s writing style. Most of his work represents the marginalized sex. However, the queerness in his writing can be seen in its elusive and multivalent effects of syntax, figure, voice, and tone in challenging the presumption that desire can be represented. The erotic in his work can be understood when it is considered in linguistic terms. The intuitions that have emerged from critics’ detailed attention to James’s language are foundational to a queer reading of his writing.

Keywords:   queerness, Henry James, writing style, marginalized sex, erotics

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