Date of Award

Spring 5-16-2014

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Major Professor

Boyd-Rioux, Anne

Second Advisor

Doll, Dan

Third Advisor

Steeby, Elizabeth


Using a poststructural and reader-response theoretical framework, the author explores competing ideas of interpretation, epistemology, and the problematic nature of truth and meaning in Henry James’s novel, The Golden Bowl. The author analyzes the ways in which emergent nineteenth century communication technologies, specifically how telegraphy both mediates and facilitates intimacy in a modern landscape. James anticipates modern forms of social media by exploring the nuances and the potential erotic nature of mediated communication and knowledge.


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