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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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Writing Queerness: Zeugma and Syllepsis in The Golden Bowl

Writing Queerness: Zeugma and Syllepsis in The Golden Bowl

(p.33) Chapter 1 Writing Queerness: Zeugma and Syllepsis in The Golden Bowl
Henry James and the Queerness of Style

Kevin Ohi

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter discusses the blurred linguistic register of the plot in Henry James’ novel The Golden Bowl, and a commentary on its mode of writing that may be conceptualized through the tropes of syllepsis orzeugma (double governance), which represents marriage and adultery. The novel narrates the incestuous relationship between a billionaire and his daughter and their struggles to sustain their affair. Its style and structure can cause the reader to miss the main point of the plot. Also, its evidence of sexual inhibition is dissatisfying not only because it is preceded by psychological and crude means, but also because of the state-sponsored sanctions levied against any expressed desire outside procreative heterosexuality in the story.

Keywords:   linguistic register, Henry James, The Golden Bowl, zeugma, sexual inhibition

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