An ‘Intimate Commerce with Figures’: On Rereading/Rewriting Narratives



In a 24 October 1895 Notebook entry, Henry James reviewed his ideas for a story on the struggle of literary critics with ‘the Author’s Secret’. Interestingly, this note rehearses the plot of what would become ‘The Figure in the Carpet’ not in the author’s ‘proper identity’, but from the perspective of an unnamed narrator-critic, punctuating the rich comic-rhetorical resources of this shifted focus:


Literary Criticism Literary Text Critical Rewrite Textual Production Critical Practice 
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  1. 1.Virginia Commonwealth UniversityRichmondUK

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