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Henry James’s Virtual Beast


Henry James’s Virtual Beast

Moses, Omri (2011) Henry James’s Virtual Beast. Henry James Review, 32 (3). pp. 266-273.

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This article draws some connections between Leo Bersani’s early work and his late book, Intimacies, tracking how he accounts for individuals who succeed in embracing a future more open to possibility. He extols literary characters such as the protagonist of Henry James’s “The Beast in the Jungle,” who lives his life in a fantasy of anticipation. The piece criticizes Bersani for extolling a “pure,” unrealized form of desire over one that is more pragmatically oriented. James, it suggests, explores a form of “virtuality” or potential within situations that requires individuals to make distinct choices, rather than perpetually to suspend choice.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > English
Item Type:Article
Authors:Moses, Omri
Journal or Publication:Henry James Review
ID Code:974118
Deposited On:07 Jun 2012 15:56
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:37
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