Abstract

This article sees The Bostonians not as an expression of James’s mastery over sentimentality but a meditation on its power. James’s narrative technique of shifting focalization fails to provide the evaluation of Verena Tarrant, the sentimental orator at the novel’s center, that the reader desires. James’s refusal of mastery over this sentimental object opens up a new way to position James in relation to sentimentality and provides us with an alternative to prevailing critical methods of reading sentimental fiction.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1080-6555
Print ISSN
0273-0340
Pages
pp. 62-80
Launched on MUSE
2018-02-16
Open Access
No
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