International Journal of English Literature and Culture

International Journal of English Literature and Culture

Vol. 3(9), pp. 248-253, September, 2015

 ISSN: 2360-7831

DOI: 10.14662/IJELC2015.075


Review paper


A Deconstructive Glance at Daisy Miller


Mojgan Eyvazi1, 2Shirin Pourebrahim and 3Mojtaba  Taqvaei


1Assistant professor, English Department Payame Noor University, Tehran, Iran. E-mail: mojganeyvazi@yahoo.com

2Assistant professor, English Department,Payam-e-Noor University, Tehran, Iran. E-mail: shpourebrahim@gmail.com

. 3M.A. English Department, Arak Payam-e-Noor University, Iran.  E-mail: mojtaba.taqvaei@gmail.com  


Accepted 15 September 2015




The present study reflected a deconstructive reading of Daisy Miller by Henry James. In doing so, first deconstruction theory was discussed briefly, then a close deconstructive reading of Daisy Miller was done to focus on the function of binary oppositions such as America/Europe, new/old, honesty/hypocrisy in the story, but the major attempt concentrated on the binary opposition of innocent/guilty which was pivotal in the text. In spite of different viewpoints about Daisy's character and the question of being innocent or guilty, the study showed that in fact Daisy acted as a signifier who didn't settle in neither side of the innocent/guilty opposition and thus never found its transcendental signified.


Keywords: Daisy Miller, Deconstruction, Henry James, Jacques Derrida


Cite This Article As: Eyvazi M, Pourebrahim S, Taqvaei M  (2015). A Deconstructive Glance at Daisy Miller . Inter.  J. Eng. Lit. Cult. 3(9): 248-253



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