Portrait of an act: aesthetics and ethics in The Portrait of a Lady

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Taking issue with the dominant critical tendency to view The Portrait of a Lady through the aesthetic lens of a novel of education, the author argues that Isabel's decision to return to Osmond must be recognized for an explicitly ethical act in a Lacanian sense, whose ultimate function is to guarantee the James heroine's transcendental freedom.
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Jottkandt, Sigi
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2004
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