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Henry James and Queer Filiation

Hardened Bachelors of the Edwardian Era

Authors: Anesko, Michael

  • Reveals a fascinatingly open network of queer filiation in which Henry James occupied a central position
  • Challenges Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick’s interpretation of 'The Beast in the Jungle', showing that the concealment of homosexual behaviour during the Edwardian era by those vulnerable to persecution was far from universal
  • Explores how class privilege affected the need to conceal male-male relationships in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century
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About this book

This study challenges the notion that closeted secrecy was a necessary part of social life for gay men living in the shadow of the trial and imprisonment of Oscar Wilde. It reconstructs a surprisingly open network of queer filiation in which Henry James occupied a central place. The lives of its satellite figures — most now forgotten or unknown — offer even more suggestive evidence of some of the countervailing forms of social practice that could survive even in that hostile era. If these men enjoyed such exemption largely because of the prerogatives of class privilege, their relative freedom was nevertheless a visible rebuke to the reductive stereotypes of homosexuality that circulated and were reinforced in the culture of the period. This book will be of particular interest to scholars of Henry James and queer studies, readers of late Victorian and modern literature, and those interested in the history and social construction of gender roles.

About the authors

Michael Anesko is Professor of English and American Studies at the Pennsylvania State University, USA. Besides serving as one of four General Editors of the ongoing Cambridge Edition of The Complete Fiction of Henry James, he is the author of five books, the most recent of which is Generous Mistakes: Incidents of Error in Henry James (2017).

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Lover … of the Fine Amenities

    Anesko, Michael

    Pages 1-12

  • An American Who Loved England

    Anesko, Michael

    Pages 13-27

  • The “Emmetry”

    Anesko, Michael

    Pages 29-35

  • “The Baby”

    Anesko, Michael

    Pages 37-42

  • Fast & Vicious?

    Anesko, Michael

    Pages 43-50

Buy this book

eBook $54.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-94538-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $69.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-94537-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Henry James and Queer Filiation
Book Subtitle
Hardened Bachelors of the Edwardian Era
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-94538-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-94538-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-94537-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 111
Number of Illustrations
13 b/w illustrations
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