The “Quasi-Turn-of-Screw Effect,” or How to Raise a Ghost with Words: <i>The Sense of the Past</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:
The             “Quasi-Turn-of-Screw Effect,” or How to Raise a Ghost with Words:               The Sense of the Past

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This chapter analyzes Henry James's The Sense of the Past using the speech act theory. It explores the possible reasons why James failed to finish this book and suggests that it may have had something to do with his intention to have the novel end happily with the marriage of the hero to the woman he loved and left behind in New York. It also provides an account of philosopher Jacques Derrida as a critic of English literature.

Keywords: The Sense of the Past; Henry James; speech act theory; literary criticism; Jacques Derrida

Chapter.  16984 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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