Violence Ashamed: Sacrifice in Roderick Hudson

  • Andrew Cutting


Roderick Hudson makes an example of its eponymous sculptor as a failed artist in order to promote, by contrast, its author as a model of artistic success. By scapegoating Roderick, the novel ingratiates itself with the community of readers of the Boston-based periodical, Atlantic Monthly, in which it first appeared, in serial form during 1875. From being a neophyte, James becomes an established author empowered to dispense death. The writing of sacrificial death exemplified by this early novel is not a one-off event, but continues to be central to James’s construction of his authorial position across his career.


Moral Realism Final Paragraph Artistic Success Unfinished Business Sacrificial Rite 
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