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    Title: The Vision of Excess: Specula(riza)tion in Henry James's The Ambassadors
    Authors: 王俊三;Wang, Chun-San
    Contributors: 外國語文學系
    Keywords: "speculative economy, erotic imagination, The Ambassadors, expenditure, transgression, exchange."
    Date: 2011
    Issue Date: 2012-11-23 15:04:15 (UTC+8)
    Abstract: "This article is a study of the performativity and metaphoricity of desire and its
    corollary—anxiety--in Henry James’s The Ambassadors. It examines the passage of Lambert Strether,
    the protagonist of the novel, to Europe as predominantly an exploration of the erotic, a conscious effort
    to delimit and to cross the boundary between self and other, with his eroticized and eroticizing
    speculation/specularization serving as the point of departure and penetration. However, encoded in the
    socio-political field of exchange, desire is also subject to the chain of displacements and deferments and,
    hence, only to partial fulfillment. Thus, rather than pursuing the thematic of the triumph of desiring
    imagination over reality in The Ambassadors as many Jamesian critics have done, this article examines
    the endless negotiation between the individual’s desires and the dominant sexual ideology, focusing
    discussion on expenditure (restrictive or otherwise), sacrifice, and the theatricality of desire in the novel.
    The incessant dialectic between interdiction (in the form of the New England conscience) and its
    transgression both structures the novel’s progress and maps out the itinerary of Strether’s nomadic desire.
    This article concludes that Strether’s specular/speculative economy denotes both the triumph and the
    defeat of his erotic imagination. "
    Relation: Asian Journal of Arts and Sciences, 2(1): pp.67-92.
    Appears in Collections:[外國語文學系] 期刊論文

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