Abstract

This article reads the formal peculiarity of The Awkward Age (written almost entirely in dialogue) as a document of James's ambivalence about the psychological novel of which he was shortly to become the acknowledged master. Approximating the form and texture of an impossible or unperformed play, The Awkward Age explores the depsychologizing possibilities of drama and shows James resisting precisely the interiorizing narrative techniques he bequeathed to the twentieth-century novel. In the process, the paper argues, James also hypothesized a community of erotic dissidence and evaded the preoccupation with sexual secrecy that dominates his later career.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1080-6555
Print ISSN
0273-0340
Pages
pp. 109-129
Launched on MUSE
2005-05-18
Open Access
No
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