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Title: “Delightfully dense”: The art of stupidity in late James
Authors: Murray, Rachel
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: © Johns Hopkins University Press
Citation: MURRAY, R., 2016. “Delightfully dense”: The art of stupidity in late James. The Henry James Review, 37 (2), pp.191-203.
Abstract: In its sheer obviousness and inability to conceal itself, stupidity functions as a vital foil to the unscrupulous workings of the intellect in The Spoils of Poynton and The Golden Bowl. This essay examines the cultural and historical context of James’s appropriation of stupidity as a positive force capable of restoring ethical clarity to situations that have become mired in complexity. By tracing the pairing of stupid and intelligent characters, I argue that in contrast to the failed union of Fleda Vetch and Owen Gereth, Bob and Fanny Assingham represent the sublimation of a marriage of opposites into a dialectical union.
Description: This paper was accepted for publication in the journal The Henry James Review and the definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1353/hjr.2016.0011.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1353/hjr.2016.0011
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/37487
Publisher Link: https://doi.org/10.1353/hjr.2016.0011
ISSN: 0273-0340
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