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Sarah Annes Brown

’s richness and complexity. It is hardly surprising, given the many perceived links between texts and buildings, that we often find archaeological metaphors within literary criticism, whether we are searching beneath the surface of a text to find its concealed sources or excavating it to discover buried meanings. 26 Frederic Jameson observes that we apprehend texts ‘through

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Orpheus and Pygmalion
Sarah Annes Brown

authors. The unearthing of the statue within James’s story parallels his own ‘unearthing’ of Mérimée. And if we, in our turn, unearth the link we will appreciate the way the occluded queer subtexts of the tales reinforce and illuminate one another. Once the Count beholds the Juno, discovered during the course of an archaeological excavation of his grounds, his relationship with Martha goes sour. The

in A familiar compound ghost