This article uses the life of Alice James to reread her brother Henry's novel, The Bostonians. Alice, who was a partner in a Boston marriage, and her illnesses, of which she wrote in her letters and diary, provides a means of reassessing the gender dynamics of James's only novel about suffrage and the women's movement. Her life sheds light on and offers an alternative reading of the novel's problematic heteronormative movement.

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Keywords Alice James, Boston marriages, Henry James, Heteronormative, Hysteria, Lesbianism, The Bostonians
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Journal Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation
Walton, P. (2015). Down the rabbit hole: The Bostonians and Alice James. Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation, 45(1), 67–82. doi:10.3138/cras.2015.S04