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The OtherHenryJames. ByJOHN CARLOS ROWE. (New Americanists) Durham, NC, and London: Duke University Press. I998. xv + 238 pp. ?34 (paperbound ?I 1.95). John Carlos Rowe has returned to inspect the margins he occupied in his The Theoretical Dimensions of HenryJames (London: Methuen, 1985) to discover how infinitely recessive they are and to offer another 'other' James in the spirit of contribution,contestation, and displacement.In reachingback to the dead hand of New Criticism,Rowe apprehendsthe dubious spectreof a modernist,elitistJames, the producer of seemingly refractorytexts that celebrate elitism in sterile drawing rooms. A now familiar elixir of life, and one liberally administered by Rowe, is available for such a corpus: gender, sexual awareness, and race are its constituents, the stuffof a continuinglove affairbetween publishersand academics. Butthere are problemsamidstthe analyticaldelightsand exuberantspeculationson offerhere. To strengthen his argument, and to sharpen its innovative edge, Rowe finds himselfunderestimatingthe extent to which approachestoJames have alwaysbeen more catholic than he would have us believe. Correspondingly,the 'otherness'of Henry James, his critical 'demystification',has been a critical commonplace for some time. Rowe suggeststhat 'recent scholarsand critics'have transformedJames 'from a writer with an excessively narrow focus on bourgeois, social life into a precursor of our modern condition' (p. 195); consonant with this, he discovers a 'certainpostmodern potential'in the 'marginality'(p. 154)of charactersin WhatMaisie Knewand elsewhere. This position is thinly theorized and inconsistentlyregistered. Where is the transformation to be located? In the texts? In their critical appropriations?EvenJames cannot be creditedwith the clairvoyance necessaryto anticipate the advent of, say, gay studies and its trajectory, and it is no longer possible to attribute universality, or whatever, to his work. The resort, however unsatisfactory,is to the notion of a 'conflictedwriter who struggledwith changing attitudes' (p. x). There is a difficultcoincidence, though, between this 'conflicted' stance as a residual textual feature, awaiting excavation during the long New Critical night, and those current critical modes (hardly developed, after all, simply for James's benefit) which just so happen to do the trick. Modish margins, like all things fashionable, are ephemeral; peripheral excitements are ever the objects of a desiring core. Rowe's marginal avariciousness is starkly conspicuous when rank assertion bludgeons argument, and simple assertion, conspiring with the thrill of provocation, becomes the rhetorical norm. 'The Last of the Valerii', for example, is a 'homoerotic fantasy of transvestism and sodomy' (p. 52); associated with Miriam Rooth, in The TragicMuse, are 'narcissism and even masturbation' (p. 91). (Why the adverbial flinch?) In a similar vein, 'Paraday's unfinished manuscript', in 'The Death of the Lion', 'is quite explicitly treated as a death-dealing castration' (p. 113) (ludicrous as that 'explicitly' is), a lesbian relationship is fleetingly entertained between Mrs Wix and Maisie, and the telegraphist of 'In the Cage' 'assumes the phallus of a newly empowered "mother"' (p. 175). Rowe acknowledges, in surveying a range of theoretical approaches, the fatal relegation involved in regarding James as 'variously available for interpretation and contemporary use' (p. 13) and suggests that he is not merely 'constructed by various critical theories', but a 'critical theorist in his own right' (p. I4). At the core of James's 'critical thinking', in Max Horkheimer's sense of the phrase, is his awareness of the extent to which 'bourgeois capital resides in its command of representation' (p. 18). James's purported aesthetic narrowness, his sterile preoccupations with the abstractly existential, are the consequence of too reductive a definition of the Reviews 320 TES,31, 200I TES,31, 200I 'proletariat'.The route to James's 'classconsciousness'is through 'women, lesbian and straight, children and gays'. Encountered at the destination, as James moves into a 'social critique of bourgeois values' and the victimization of these groups, is the 'working class' (p. I9). No readerofJames can failto agreewith Rowe's emphasisonJames's articulation of the 'high stakes of discursive power' (p. 29), even if that emphasis results in critical extravagances. But what lingers in this book, despite Rowe's directing his readersto a constructing,ratherthan a constructedJames, is a conviction that the sorry condition of these over-determined texts in 'our' postmodern world is their endlessavailabilityfor criticalexpropriationon a trulyindustrialscale. UNIVERSITY OF WEST OF ENGLAND PETER RAWLINGS Consumption andDepression...
James J. Campbell, in propria persona, filed this action against defendants William and Clara Veith, and the Indian Land Development Company. The pleading was entitled "Amended complaint for libel--words in themselves not libelous," and alleged generally that he was renting from one Nielsen (a subtenant of defendants) a certain cabana in Palm Springs Trailer Village, and occupied it as an office in which to conduct his real estate business, notary public, etc.; that defendants were leasing the lands on which the cabana was located from Agua Caliente Band of Mission Indians; that on September 15, 1952, the Veiths wrote a letter to Nielsen concerning the plaintiff, as follows: "If you continue to rent to James J. Campbell, your rent will be raised ..." He then alleges that he has twice requested Nielsen, without success, to give him the said letter or a copy thereof; that the [121 Cal. App. 2d 731] letter in itself was not libelous but it was the opening wedge in the minds of those who read it, namely, Nielsen and his family, to determine the future attitude on their part, towards renting their property to plaintiff, that it was the intention of defendants "to deprive plaintiff of his business office location, in order to remove competition from him, as a licensed real estate broker, in the renting and/or selling cabanas" in Palm Springs Trailer Village; that the "defendants' greed, avariciousness, deceit, perjury and treacherousness is manifested in his concealment of his activities in the renting and selling of said cabanas and house trailers, by failing to display his sign as a licensed real estate broker"; that the income from "these commissions normally amount to between $5,000.00 and $6,000.00 annually"; that the defendants declared to Nielsen that the small additional rent they might demand was no object, but that they wanted plaintiff evicted because they had "received complaints from the City and tenants in the trailer park regarding him"; and that unless plaintiff was evicted, Nielsen and his family would have to move; that Nielsen then caused plaintiff to vacate "by removing his signs, and refusing his rent"; that plaintiff sustained damages by reason "of said false and defamatory publication" in the sum of $25,000. He prayed for judgment accordingly.
It is left to Cato, whose avariciousness is highlighted in Plutarch's biography, to offer a set of sample contracts for the sale of estate produce. The succeeding centuries saw an increase in the volume of advice offered on cultivation, important changes in agricultural practice and a new unwillingness on the part of Roman authors to address certain issues.
In a very transnational fashion, priestly misbehavior is a constant feature in the primary sources dealing with the United States and British North America, including Québec, between 1763 and 1846. Rather than a catalogue of occurrences, this article briefly surveys the three main elements of such misbehavior, namely, illicit sex, immoderate drinking, and excessive avariciousness. It then suggests an interpretative grid where behavioral norms were interpreted differently whenever they were challenged by local conditions, leading to accusations of misbehavior whether these accusations reflected actual wrongdoings or not. Ethnic rivalries, different institutional traditions, conflicting political choices, and Protestant competition are the most likely candidates to populate such a large framework.
How does this Mediation Board reconcile the above procedure with the drafting of our young manhood in this country, who may have to forfeit their lives, and who are patriotically willing to do so? If this young manhood can be drafted, the government certainly has the power to at least stop these racketeers in their tracks. I charge that it is the avariciousness of these racketeers that has brought about our unbalanced program, brought about inflation, and brought about the sabotage of our defense program. This can be stopped if the officials handling the Mediation Board, the N.L.R.B., the Wages and Hours Law, will turn aroundin their tracks and display enough intestinal fortitude to stand for America and stop this cowardly surrender to subversive interest headed by socialists, communists, etc.
A professor of medical ethics with a vast command of the literature leads us, once again, into the dilemma-plagued decision making about the allocation of scarce medical resources. Kilner clearly rejects some proposed criteria, such as the social utility of the patient. And he is certainly right in saying that ethical dilemmas in medical choice are increasing. He perhaps puts too much weight on factors of technology, however, slighting questions of cultural and personal understandings of virtue that might curb the medical avariciousness of contemporaries who turn their lives into immortality projects that are inevitably and quite precisely dead-ended. 041b061a72