Reading Henry James’s late novel The Wings of the Dove with Honoré de Balzac’s Seraphita, this essay argues that James performs through his novel an act of secular devotion, a memorialization of lost others through which he enables himself to continue to live.
Honoré de Balzac, Henry James, and Seraphic Devotions
Amy Hollywood is the Elizabeth H. Monrad Professor of Christian Studies at Harvard Divinity School and a member of the Committee for the Study of Religion at Harvard University. Her most recent book, Acute Melancholia: Mysticism, History, and the Study of Religion was published by Columbia University Press in 2016. Devotion: Three Essays on Religion, Literature, and Politics, co-authored with Constance Furey and Sarah Hammerschlag, is forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press.
Amy Hollywood; Honoré de Balzac, Henry James, and Seraphic Devotions. Representations 1 February 2021; 153 (1): 127–143. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/rep.2021.153.8.127
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