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Henry James's Feminist Afterlives

Annie Fields, Emily Dickinson, Marguerite Duras


Part of the American Literature Readings in the 21st Century book series (ALTC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Kathryn Wichelns
    Pages 57-83
  3. Kathryn Wichelns
    Pages 143-152
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 153-178

About this book


This book explores Henry James’s negotiations with nineteenth-century ideas about gender, sexuality, class, and literary style through the responses of three women who have never before been substantively examined in light of their relationships to his work. Writing in different times and places, Annie Fields, Emily Dickinson, and Marguerite Duras nevertheless share complex navigations of womanhood and authorship, as well as a history of feminist scholarly responses to their work. Kathryn Wichelns draws upon James’ correspondence with Fields, as well as Dickinson’s and Duras’s revisions of his fiction, to offer a new understanding of gender-transgressive elements of his project.  By contextualizing his writing within a diverse set of feminist perspectives, each grounded in a specific time and place, as well as nineteenth-century views of queer male sexuality, Wichelns demonstrates the centrality of Henry James’s ambivalent identifications with women to his work.



queer feminist queer literary theory feminist literary theory Annie Adams Fields The Bostonians The American Scene The Europeans post-World War II Paris Le Bete dans la jungle The Beast in the Jungle post-colonialism gender studies Wings of a Dove Portrait of a Lady Turn of the Screw Henry James and Queer Theory The Aspern Papers colonialism and Henry James Henry James Travel Writing lesbianism in Henry James

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EnglishUniversity of New MexicoAlbuquerque, NMUSA

About the authors

Kathryn Wichelns is Assistant Professor of English at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, USA.  

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