What time is 'the next time'? Writing, gender and temporality in some short stories by Henry James

Randall, B. (2015) What time is 'the next time'? Writing, gender and temporality in some short stories by Henry James. Journal of the Short Story in English, 64, pp. 191-206.

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A significant minority of Henry James's many "little 'literary' tales" focus on women writers, and a cluster of four such tales were written within four years of each other in the mid 1890s. While I discuss all four of these tales in the course of this essay, my focus is on the temporal complexities of "The Next Time" (1895). As its title indicates, this story foregrounds temporality, both structurally and thematically; my reading suggests an imbrication of the text's temporal aspects with its depiction of the relationship between gender and writing, embodied in the woman writer. Broadly speaking, I will argue that while the text attempts to impose a hierarchical gendered distinction between different temporal models, its narrative structure exposes the instability of these distinctions such that the story ends up confirming, even despite itself, the potency of the woman writer.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:ISBN: 9782753548527
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Randall, Dr Bryony
Authors: Randall, B.
Subjects:P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
P Language and Literature > PS American literature
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > English Literature
Journal Name:Journal of the Short Story in English
Publisher:Presses de l'Universite d'Angers
ISSN (Online):1969-6108

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