Unworked and Unavowable: Community in <i>The Awkward Age</i>

J. Hillis Miller

in Literature as Conduct

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780823225378
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235391 | DOI:
Unworked and Unavowable:             Community in The Awkward Age

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This chapter analyzes the concept of community in Henry James's The Awkward Age using the speech act theory. It examines various models of community and explains how they relate to the one used by James in his fiction. These models include those of Georges Bataille, Maurice Blanchot, Jean-Luc Nancy, and Alphonso Lingis. This chapter also describes the alternative model of community used by Nancy in his The Imperative Community.

Keywords: The Awkward Age; Henry James; speech act theory; community in literature; The Imperative Community; Jean-Luc Nancy; literary analysis

Chapter.  30241 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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