The Wings of the Dove and the Morbid

  • Andrew Cutting


What, for a novelist or a novel reader, is a proper degree of interest in mortality? Is The Wings of the Dove, with its protracted and convoluted story of Milly Theale’s death, an unhealthy novel — one that only morbid readers would choose as their favourite among James’s works? By what techniques does this novel aim to fascinate readers in its heroine’s demise?


Final Chapter Mass Readership Late Style Affective Ambivalence Modernist Narrative 
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