Abstract

This article challenges the use of homology as an interpretive key to relations between plot, narration, and style. McBride offers an alternative method–interlevel reading–that analyzes the potential for systemic dissonance between narrative levels and argues that this potential is realized in The Spoils of Poynton, where James's plot of possession operates alongside and in opposition to a parallel struggle for possession in narration. Pointing to the limitations of Freudian repression as a narratological concept, this article proposes disavowal as a theoretical model for ambivalent narratives, like Spoils, which give the lie to their own ostensible repressions.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1080-6555
Print ISSN
0273-0340
Pages
pp. 249-258
Launched on MUSE
2007-12-03
Open Access
No
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