Abstract

Abstract:

This essay traces Henry James's use of the word confidence through a series of works from the 1870s, concluding with an analysis of the novel Confidence (1879). James's fascination with confidence is provoked by both the popularization of the confidence man archetype and the expansion of organized finance. But, while he alludes repeatedly to the economic, legal, literary, and religious connotation of confidence, he primarily uses the word to interrogate the conventions of courtship and matrimony, particularly the use of social pretenses to disguise the trafficking of young American women in Europe.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1080-6555
Print ISSN
0273-0340
Pages
pp. 157-175
Launched on MUSE
2017-05-03
Open Access
No
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