Abstract

Taking issue with the dominant critical tendency to view The Portrait of a Lady through the aesthetic lens of a novel of education, the author argues that Isabel's decision to return to Osmond must be recognized for an explicitly ethical act in a Lacanian sense, whose ultimate function is to guarantee the James heroine's transcendental freedom.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1080-6555
Print ISSN
0273-0340
Pages
pp. 67-86
Launched on MUSE
2004-02-12
Open Access
No
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