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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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The “Quasi-Turn-of-Screw Effect,” or How to Raise a Ghost with Words: The Sense of the Past

The “Quasi-Turn-of-Screw Effect,” or How to Raise a Ghost with Words: The Sense of the Past

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(p.291) Chapter 6 The “Quasi-Turn-of-Screw Effect,” or How to Raise a Ghost with Words: The Sense of the Past
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Literature as Conduct
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J. Hillis Miller

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823225378.003.0007

This chapter analyzes Henry James's The Sense of the Past using the speech act theory. It explores the possible reasons why James failed to finish this book and suggests that it may have had something to do with his intention to have the novel end happily with the marriage of the hero to the woman he loved and left behind in New York. It also provides an account of philosopher Jacques Derrida as a critic of English literature.

Keywords:   The Sense of the Past, Henry James, speech act theory, literary criticism, Jacques Derrida

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