This introductory chapter explains the coverage of this book, which is about the speech act theory that was originally developed by J. L Austin and further developed by Jacques Derrida and Paul de Man. This book examines the application of the speech act theory in the characters of some notable works of fiction by Henry James. These fictions include The Aspern Papers, The Portrait of a Lady, The Golden Bowl, The Wings of the Dove, and The Sense of the Past. It concludes that the speech act theory is an indispensable tool in the reading of literary works.
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