CLSG Conference 2019

‘Every man a liar’: truth, text, rhetoric

Select bibliography

Francis Bacon, ‘Of Truth’, Essays, 1625.
Simon Blackburn and Keith Simmons (eds.), Truth, 1999
Thomas Chatterton (d. 1770 aged 17), and Peter Ackroyd’s novel, Chatterton, 1987.
Patricia Clapp, I’m Deborah Sampson: A Soldier of the Revolution, 1977, (fictional account of Deborah Sampson’s (d. 1827) service in the American Revolutionary War), c.f. Joan of Arc, Agustina de Aragón et al. Chérubin in Beaumarchais’ Le Mariage de Figaro (1778).
Jacques Derrida, Acts of Literature, 1992.
A.J. Finn [Daniel Mallory], The Woman in the Window, 2018, film 2019.
Martin Guerre [16C], Natalie Zemon Davis, The Return of Martin Guerre, 1983, Martin Guerre (musical) 1993.
Malcolm Guite, Faith, Hope and Poetry: Theology and the Poetic Imagination, 2010.
Ayelet Gundar-Goshen, Liar, tr. Sondra Silverson, 2019 (novel).
Gert-Jan van der Heiden, The Truth (and Untruth) of Language: Heidegger, Ricoeur, and Derrida on Disclosure and Replacement, Duquesne UP, 2010.
Paul Horwich, Truth, 1990.
Leonard Diepeveen, Modernist Fraud: Hoax, Parody, Deception, 2019
Kate Loveman, Reading fictions, 1660-1740: deception in English literary and political culture, 2016.
Benjamin Markovits,
Imposture, 2007 (novel).
George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four, 1949
Orwell on Truth, 2017, selected by David Milner from Peter Davison (ed.) The Complete Works, with introduction by Alan Johnson. 
Plato, The Republic, Aristotle, Poetics

Cross dressing in Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice, Cymbeline, Diana/Helen in All’s Well

In Markovits’ novel it is remarked of Lord Byron, visiting the battlefield of Waterloo and buying a dented helmet as a souvenir: ‘This is what he loved above all – the false authentic, seeing through it, delighting in it nonetheless.’
‘He has no patience for the slow accumulation of events: it is too much like life,’ Eliza Esmond on her father’s writing of ‘tales’ (idem.)

‘It is sometimes permissible for judges to lie in order to uncover the truth about crimes,’ a French judge quoted in Natalie Zemon Davis


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