"The Plot against Narration: Disavowal in The Spoils of Poynton"

@article{McBride2007ThePA,
  title={"The Plot against Narration: Disavowal in The Spoils of Poynton"},
  author={Christine A. McBride},
  journal={The Henry James Review},
  year={2007},
  volume={28},
  pages={249 - 258}
}
This article challenges the use of homology as an interpretive key to relations between plot, narration, and style. McBride offers an alternative method–interlevel reading–that analyzes the potential for systemic dissonance between narrative levels and argues that this potential is realized in The Spoils of Poynton, where James's plot of possession operates alongside and in opposition to a parallel struggle for possession in narration. Pointing to the limitations of Freudian repression as a… Expand
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