The Power Play of Consciousness: The Representation of Power in Henry James's Novel "The Portrait of a Lady"

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At the height of American Realism, in 1880, Henry James portrays his heroine Isabel Archer as caught up in a power dynamic of friendship and marriage from which she emerges as the yielding, submitting, surrendering part. She unconsciously confers power to her friend Madame Merle and her husband Gilbert Osmond and gives in to their influence, thereby falling victim to their use and abuse. By way of gradual cognition and the accumulation of knowledge, she becomes conscious of her deception and recognizes her compliance with ...

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The Power Play of Consciousness: The Representation of Power in Henry James's Novel "The Portrait of a Lady" 2014, Books on Demand

ISBN-13: 9783732298013

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