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Inside and Outside the Plot

Amy M. King

in Bloom

Published in print October 2003 | ISBN: 9780195161519
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199787838 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195161519.003.0006
 Inside and Outside the Plot

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This chapter shows how Henry James inserts himself into the English novelistic tradition, forming the final stage of the 19th-century bloom lineage. James's novels about the marriageable girl are decadent texts that feed on the prior literary convention; the bloom plot becomes in these novels its formal subject, rather than that which the novels dramatize. James is used to show the force of what G. S. Rousseau has called the “linguistic ripples” of Linnaean taxonomy, even though those ripples were, by James's moment, more clearly emanating from their novelistic precedent than from their original taxonomic center.

Keywords: Henry James; bloom; English novels; girl; marriage

Chapter.  18092 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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