By Sigi Jottkandt
What is the problem with the ladies in Henry James? within the Portrait of a woman, The Wings of the Dove, and his brief tale “The Altar of the Dead,” one girl returns to a monster of a husband, one other dies instead of confront the reality of her lover’s engagement, whereas one more stakes her all on having a candle lit for a lifeless lover, simply to quickly reject it. Exploring those unusual offerings, Sigi Jöttkandt argues that the singularity of those acts lies of their moral nature, and that the moral precept concerned can't be divorced from the query of aesthetics. She combines shut readings of James with suggestive excursions via Kantian aesthetics and set idea to discover the classy underpinning of the Lacanian moral act, which has been principally neglected within the present force to find a Cartesian starting place for the topic because the topic of science.
Sigi Jöttkandt is a Flanders study Council Fellow within the division of English at Ghent collage in Belgium.
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