Abstract

This paper looks at the occurrence of the figure of apostrophe—definable as the direct address of an absent, dead or inanimate figure—in some of the novels published since 2002 which are either about or responsive to Henry James. With particular emphasis on Alan Hollinghurst's The Line of Beauty and Toby Litt's Ghost Story it considers the extent to which the occurrence of this figure relates to the way in which mourning is reimagined and strained in this fiction. It also considers the debt such fiction owes to James's own representations of silences, unlived lives and unactualized potential.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1080-6555
Print ISSN
0273-0340
Pages
pp. 293-305
Launched on MUSE
2005-11-03
Open Access
No
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