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Literature as ConductSpeech Acts in Henry James$
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J. Hillis Miller

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780823225378

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823225378.001.0001

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“Conscious Perjury”: Declarations of Ignorance in The Golden Bowl

“Conscious Perjury”: Declarations of Ignorance in The Golden Bowl

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(p.228) Chapter 5 “Conscious Perjury”: Declarations of Ignorance in The Golden Bowl
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Literature as Conduct
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J. Hillis Miller

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823225378.003.0006

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

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