Conspiracy Theories: Secrecy And Power In American Culture
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Conspiracy Theories: Secrecy and Power in American Culture
For Ohi, there are many elements in the style that make Jamesâ€™s writing queer. But if there is a thematic marker, Ohi shows through his careful engagements with these texts, it is belatedness. The recurrent concern with belatedness, Ohi explains, should be understood not psychologically but stylistically, not as confessing the sad predicament of being out of sync with oneâ€™s life but as revealing the consequences of styleâ€™s refashioning of experience. Belatedness marks lifeâ€™s encounter with style, and it describes an experience not of deprivation but of the rich potentiality of the literary work that James calls â€œfreedom.â€ In Ohiâ€™s reading, belatedness is the indicator not of sublimation or repression, nor of authorial self-sacrifice, but of the potentiality of the literaryâ€”and hence of the queerness of style.
Presenting original readings of a series of late Jamesian texts, the book also represents an exciting possibility for queer theory and literary studies in the future: a renewed attention to literary form and a new soundingâ€”energized by literary questions of style and formâ€”of the theoretical implications of queerness.
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|Publisher||Univ Of Minnesota Press|
|Weight||0.95 pounds pounds.|
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