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By Sigi Jottkandt

Addresses moral and aesthetic concerns in 3 significant works via Henry James.

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 lady returns to a monster of a husband, one other dies instead of confront the reality of her lover’s engagement, whereas another stakes her all on having a candle lit for a useless lover, simply to swiftly 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 cultured underpinning of the Lacanian moral act, which has been mostly neglected within the present force to find a Cartesian beginning for the topic because the topic of science.

Sigi Jöttkandt is a Flanders learn Council Fellow within the division of English at Ghent college in Belgium.

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