The Misinterpellated Subject
“Come, Come!”: Bartleby and Lily Briscoe as Nietzschean Subjects
In this chapter, I look at two texts that epitomize the Nietzschean subject—and hence misinterpellated subects-- that I examine in chapter 4. In the chapter I argue that Bartleby, far from being passive and a nonagent, is actually the only true agent in the story. Everyone else is following a script, doing what they are told (or interpellated) to do. Bartleby’s famous line “I would prefer not to” is not a form of giving up on life but rather an expression of amor fati, an indication that he follows only his own preferences rather than the projections that normally...