Henry James and
Queer Filiation: Hardened Bachelors of the Edwardian Era
York/ Berlin/ Heildelberg: Springer-Verlag GmbH,
2018, 111 pp. +13 ill.
This study challenges the notion that
closeted secrecy was a necessary part of social life for gay men living in the
shadow of the trial and imprisonment of Oscar Wilde. It reconstructs a surprisingly
open network of queer filiation in which Henry James occupied a central place.
The lives of its satellite figures – most now forgotten or unknown – offer even
more suggestive evidence of some of the countervailing forms of social practice
that could survive even in that hostile era. If these men enjoyed such
exemption largely because of the prerogatives of class privilege, their
relative freedom was nevertheless a visible rebuke to the reductive stereotypes
of homosexuality that circulated and were reinforced in the culture of the
period. This book will be of particular interest to scholars of Henry James and
queer studies, readers of late Victorian and modern literature, and those
interested in the history and social construction of gender roles.
Michael Aneskois Professor of English and
American Studies at the Pennsylvania State University, USA. Besides serving as
one of four General Editors of the ongoing Cambridge Edition of The Complete
Fiction of Henry James, he is the author of five books, the most recent of
which is Generous Mistakes: Incidents of Error in Henry James (2017).
Henry James, La bestia en la jungla, trad. de Fernando Jadraque, Madrid: Valdemar, 2017, 958 pp.
Henry James (1843-1916)