Abstract

The focus of this essay is James's "Americano-European" legend, located as an object of nostalgia and as a primal scene of conquest and contrast, reiterated in James's global/ "international" spaces. More precisely, this reading centers on the insistently colonial script in The American, correlated with a psychoanalytical approach to the "hysterical body" (Ender), extrapolated here to include the foreign land. Using this joint approach, my paper proposes the notion of "colonial hysteria" as a major mode of constructing and relating to the space of otherness which, ultimately, is revealed as already buried under a narration of exile simulating, and rehearsing, return.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1080-6555
Print ISSN
0273-0340
Pages
pp. 269-280
Launched on MUSE
2003-11-11
Open Access
No
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