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Dead Letters SentQueer Literary Transmission$
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Kevin Ohi

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780816694778

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816694778.001.0001

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Lessons of the Master

Lessons of the Master

Henry James’s Queer Pedagogy

(p.143) 7 Lessons of the Master
Dead Letters Sent

Kevin Ohi

University of Minnesota Press

Although it often turns on the consequences of enlightenment, realization, and cognitive development, Henry James’s fiction also presents such transitions as unrepresentable, even unknowable, lost, perpetually, in the temporal delays of consciousness. Beginning with a brief consideration of “The Aspern Papers,” Chapter Seven explores the erotics of pedagogy by exploring multilayered effects of betrayal in “The Lesson of the Master.”

Keywords:   Literary tradition, Literary and cultural transmission, Queer literary criticism, Queer theory, Initiation and Development, Close Reading, Potentiality, Temporality of Consciousness

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