Visibilité et témoignage dans le récit La Métamorphose de Franz Kafka

Arthur Cools


In this article, I examine whether the concept of testimony can

be used in order to clarify the epistemological value of literary fiction. It

seems that it cannot: a testimony can be wrong while it makes no sense to

say that a literary fiction can be wrong. However, in the wake of a

hermeneutic philosophy, the fictional story has often been qualified as a

testimony of an experience, even in cases which are not merely

autobiographical. I try to unravel this paradoxical connection between

literary fiction and testimony. Starting from an examination of Kafka’s

short story “Metamorphosis”, I intend to articulate the distinction

between literary fiction and testimony, on the one hand and on the other,

to understand the importance of the perspective of the witness in literary

fiction. The main argument for both statements is given by an analysis of

the visibility in literary fiction.


Literary Fiction; Narrative Theory; Image Theory; Testimony; Imagination

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