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Literature as ConductSpeech Acts in Henry James$
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J. Hillis Miller

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780823225378

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823225378.001.0001

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Unworked and Unavowable: Community in The Awkward Age

Unworked and Unavowable: Community in The Awkward Age

(p.84) Chapter 3 Unworked and Unavowable: Community in The Awkward Age
Literature as Conduct

J. Hillis Miller

Fordham University Press

This chapter analyzes the concept of community in Henry James's The Awkward Age using the speech act theory. It examines various models of community and explains how they relate to the one used by James in his fiction. These models include those of Georges Bataille, Maurice Blanchot, Jean-Luc Nancy, and Alphonso Lingis. This chapter also describes the alternative model of community used by Nancy in his The Imperative Community.

Keywords:   The Awkward Age, Henry James, speech act theory, community in literature, The Imperative Community, Jean-Luc Nancy, literary analysis

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