Lying against Death: <i>The Wings of the Dove</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:
Lying against Death: The               Wings of the Dove

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This chapter analyzes the use of the concepts of death in Henry James's The Wings of the Dove using the speech act theory. It suggests that all language has an ineluctable referential function and that reality refers to something that the activity of referring makes people presume to be real, extralinguistic. James used reality in his work as a synecdochic piece of its language and a snippet of the entire texture. This chapter also discusses the actions and speeches made by the novel's characters in relation to the concepts of death and reality.

Keywords: The Wings of the Dove; Henry James; speech act theory; literary analysis; death in literature; language

Chapter.  36729 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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