Phenomenology of the Closet:Cultural, Sexual, and Textual (Dis)Orientation in Henry James's The Ambassadors

Tim Wyman-McCarthy

Abstract


Place can be a space for grounding, rootedness and comfort, but equally it can dislocate, dislodge and disorient a subject. Following Sarah Ahmed, I take disorientation as a particular generative term through which to interrogate queer phenomenology. I investigate, through a close reading of Henry James's The Ambassadors, how cultural, sexual and stylistic (dis)orientation can contribute to how asubject can instigate and participate in a queer space.


Keywords


Henry James; Sarah Ahmed; Queer Theory; Formalism; Reader-Response Theory; Disorientation

Full Text:

PDF

References


Works Cited

Ahmed, Sara. Queer Phenomenology: Orientations, Objects, Others. Durham: Duke University Press, 2006.

Armstrong, Paul B. The Phenomenology of Henry James. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1983.

Boorstin, Daniel. The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America. New York: Atheneum, 1985.

Buzard, James. The Beaten Track: European Tourism, Literature and the Ways to Culture, 1800-1918. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1993.

Carter, Erica, James Donald and Judith Squires. Introduction. In Space and Place: Theories of Identity and Location. Eds., Erica Carter, James Donald, and Judith Squires. London: Lawrence & Wishart, 1993, pp. vii-xv.

Foucault, Michel. The History of Sexuality, Vol 1. Trans. Robert Hurley. New York: Vintage, 1988.

Hall, Stuart. The Rediscovery of Ideology: Return of the Repressed in Media Studies. In Culture, Society, and the Media. Eds., Michael Gurevitch, et al. New York: Routledge, 1994, pp. 56-90.

Haralson, Eric. Henry James and Changing Ideas about Sexuality. In A Historical Guide to Henry James. Eds., John Carlos Rowe and Eric Haralson. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012, pp. 169-196.

---, Henry James and Queer Modernity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003.

---, Lambert Strethers Excellent Adventure. In The Cambridge Companion to Henry James. Ed., Jonathan L. Freedman. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998, pp. 169-186.

Hurley, Natasha. Henry James and the Sexuality of Literature: Before and Beyond Queer Theory. In A Companion to Henry James. Ed., Greg W. Zacharias. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008, pp. 309-323.

Iser, Wolfgang. The Reading Process: A Phenomenological Approach. Reader-Response Criticism: From Formalism to Post-Structuralism. Ed., Jane P. Tompkins. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1980, pp. 50-69.

James, Henry. The Ambassadors. Ed., S.P. Rosenbaum. 2nd ed. New York: W.W. Norton, 1994.

---, Occasional Paris. In Americans in Paris: A Literary Anthology. Ed., Adam Gopnik. New York: Library of America, 2004, pp. 128140.

Meissner, Collin. Henry James and the Language of Experience. Cambridge: University of Cambridge Press, 1999.

Nussbaum, Martha Craven. Loves Knowledge: Essays on Philosophy and Literature. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990.

Ohi, Kevin. Belatedness and Style. In Palgrave Advances Henry James Studies. Ed., Peter Rawlings. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007, pp. 126-146.

---, The novel is older, and so are the young: On the Queerness of Style. The Henry James Review xxvii, 2006, pp. 140-155.

Ross Posnock. The Trial of Curiosity. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991.

Rivkin, Julie. The Genius of the Unconscious: Psychoanalytic Criticism. In Palgrave Advances Henry James Studies. Ed., Peter Rawlings. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007, pp. 59-79.

---, False Positions: The Representational Logics of Henry Jamess Fiction. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1996.

Savoy, Eric. Entre Chein et Loup: Henry James, Queer Theory, and the Biographical Imperative. In Palgrave Advances Henry James Studies. Ed., Peter Rawlings. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007, pp. 100-125.

Sedgwick, Eve Kosofsky, Epistemology of the Closet. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2008.

---, Touching Feeling: Affect, Pedagogy, Performativity. Durham: Duke University Press, 2003.

---, Tendencies. London: Routledge, 1994.

Stevens, Hugh. Henry James and Sexuality. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998.

Teahan, Sheila. The Rhetorical Logic of Henry James. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1995.

Vanita, Ruth. The Homoerotics of Travel: People, Ideas, Genres. In The Cambridge Companion to Henry James. Ed., Jonathan L. Freedman. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998, pp. 99-115.

Williams, Merle A. Henry James and the Philosophical Novel: Being and Seeing. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993.

Yeazell, Ruth Bernard. Language and Knowledge in the Late Novels of Henry James. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1976.


Refbacks

  • There are currently no refbacks.


Copyright (c)



Postgraduate English is hosted by Durham University, Department of English Studies, UK. Unless otherwise specified, all articles published from 2000-2011 inclusive are copyright Durham University. All articles published from 2012 onwards are copyright of the author(s). All articles from 2012 onwards are published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 licence.

Please view the privacy notice for details on how we process your personal data: Privacy Notice.

ISSN: 1756-9761

Durham University