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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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Lambert Strether’s Belatedness: The Ambassadors and the Queer Afterlife of Style

Lambert Strether’s Belatedness: The Ambassadors and the Queer Afterlife of Style

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(p.149) Chapter 4 Lambert Strether’s Belatedness: The Ambassadors and the Queer Afterlife of Style
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Henry James and the Queerness of Style
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Kevin Ohi

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816654932.003.0005

This chapter discusses the hidden meaning of Henry James’ novel The Ambassadors that explains the principles of his queer style. It explains the notion of “belatedness” or wasted life by examining the life of the novel’s character, Lambert Strether. His life unveiled a yearning for contentment for his loss. The novel’s portrayal of belatedness in the life of Strether reveals the power of James’ style to create life or submit individual existence to an impersonal becoming as a reflection on the theory of novelistic representation.

Keywords:   The Ambassadors, Henry James, Lambert Strether, belatedness, wasted life, theory of novelistic representation

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