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Henry James Athwart: Deterritorialization in <i>The Sacred Fount</i>

Paul Giles

in Transnationalism in Practice

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780748640492
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652129 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640492.003.0007
Henry James Athwart: Deterritorialization in The Sacred Fount

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This chapter examines the issue of deterritorialisation in Henry James' novel The Sacred Fount. It explains that this novel has long been regarded as an elliptical, enigmatic work and suggests that much of its oblique quality arises from the problem of how knowledge should be organised, whether events ought to be categorised in terms of their own immanent dynamic or whether they become susceptible to reorientation and redescription by a more distant power. The chapter highlights the spatial dislocation and cognitive dissonance of The Sacred Fount and contends that this experimental should be considered as a theoretical interrogation of the limits of observing human behaviour as a method of resolving epistemological dilemmas.

Keywords: deterritorialisation; Henry James; Sacred Fount; knowledge; spatial dislocation; cognitive dissonance; human behaviour; epistemological dilemmas

Chapter.  4452 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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