Abstract

Assessing the complicated relationship that Henry James had with Balzac, particularly with his presentation of history as primarily one of sordid struggles over the secret histories of money and sexual misconduct in post-Restoration France, this essay seeks to make visible James's own formulation of what constitutes the actual historic page. I contend that James fashioned much of his own writing around precisely what was blatantly present in Balzac, by allowing the Balzacian page of the underside of contemporary history to remain unwritten, evident only as a delicate architecture of avoidance that nevertheless speaks volumes.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1712-5278
Print ISSN
0042-0247
Pages
pp. 1105-1114
Launched on MUSE
2010-11-24
Open Access
No
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