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“Conscious Perjury”: Declarations of Ignorance in <i>The Golden Bowl</i>

J. Hillis Miller

in Literature as Conduct

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780823225378
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235391 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823225378.003.0006
“Conscious             Perjury”: Declarations of Ignorance in The Golden Bowl

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This chapter analyzes the declarations of ignorance and conscious perjury in Henry James's The Golden Bowl using the speech act theory. It explains that though lie appeared more often than perjury in this work, the narrator referred to these particular lies as conscious perjuries. This chapter examines the actions and dialogues delivered by the characters of this novel in relation to the concepts of ignorance and conscious perjury, particularly Charlotte, Maggie, and the Prince.

Keywords: The Golden Bowl; Henry James; conscious perjury; ignorance; literary analysis

Chapter.  29868 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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