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Henry James’s “The Figure in the Carpet”

  • Antoine Dechêne
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Abstract

Part IV addresses the concept of the sublime and the feelings of madness and solitude that ensue from it. Whether described as an extremely powerful feeling, a privation, or an abyss, the sublime is a relevant trope to examine the different aporias that lie at the heart of each metacognitive quest. Accordingly, this chapter analyzes “The Figure in the Carpet” in a way that highlights the perverse and destructive curiosity of a literary critic who desperately tries to grasp a writer’s secret and is always comically and horrifyingly prevented from reaching his goal, consoling himself with the ignorance of others. James’s tale introduces the theme of madness and questions the very possibility of indisputable truths.

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  • Antoine Dechêne
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  1. 1.University of LiègeLiègeBelgium

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