20211216 Journal

A quote from David McWhirter’s “Desire and Love in Henry James: A Study of the Late Novels”, page 4:

Many of James’ contemporaries – one thinks especially of Hardy, Conrad, and Meredith – share his sense that the enactment of love is a problem in a world stripped of the religious and social orthodoxies which had anchored the moral realism of their Victorian predecessors. The happy marriages which typically conclude Victorian novels assert the value of love in a universe that is morally coherent and meaningfully ordered. But modern love, cut off from any transcendent or even transpersonal structures of authority is no longer sure how to affirm itself.

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