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Ornamental identity: commodity fetishism, masculinity, and sexuality in the golden bowl

Journal Article


Abstract


  • The Golden Bowl marks a shift in James's account of the relations between the commodity form, sexuality, and gendered identities. Whereas James's earlier fictions develop their interest in the interimplication of consumer and sexual desires through an emphasis on the exchangeability of the female body, in this novel the pre-eminent human commodity is a male, Amerigo. The connections drawn between commodity fetishism and masculinity in the representation of the Prince have implications that call into question the naturalness of heterosexuality and orthodox gender identities.

Publication Date


  • 2007

Citation


  • Davidson, G. R. (2007). Ornamental identity: commodity fetishism, masculinity, and sexuality in the golden bowl. The Henry James Review, 28 (1), 26-42.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-70450103417

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/artspapers/278

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 16

Start Page


  • 26

End Page


  • 42

Volume


  • 28

Issue


  • 1

Abstract


  • The Golden Bowl marks a shift in James's account of the relations between the commodity form, sexuality, and gendered identities. Whereas James's earlier fictions develop their interest in the interimplication of consumer and sexual desires through an emphasis on the exchangeability of the female body, in this novel the pre-eminent human commodity is a male, Amerigo. The connections drawn between commodity fetishism and masculinity in the representation of the Prince have implications that call into question the naturalness of heterosexuality and orthodox gender identities.

Publication Date


  • 2007

Citation


  • Davidson, G. R. (2007). Ornamental identity: commodity fetishism, masculinity, and sexuality in the golden bowl. The Henry James Review, 28 (1), 26-42.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-70450103417

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/artspapers/278

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 16

Start Page


  • 26

End Page


  • 42

Volume


  • 28

Issue


  • 1