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“Community of Collapse”: The Ethics of Choice in Henry James's The Wings of the Dove

By Chun-san Wang


In Henry James's The Wings of the Dove (1902), Mildred (alias Milly) Theale's travel to Europe is her ultimate journey into the heart of desire. Under the shadow of impending death, Milly's desire becomes more intensified and more unbearable, engulfing people around her like Merton Densher and Kate Croy and drastically changing their life's direction and value system. In representing Milly desire, James also explores the nature of desire in general—its metamorphosis, camouflage, metaphoric

Topics: The Wings of the Dove, the ethics of choice, two deaths, fantasy, community, desire and drive
Publisher: 臺中市:國立中興大學外國語文學系
Year: 2014
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