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Bewildering: Paul de Man, Poetry, Politics

Kevin Newmark

in Irony on Occasion: From Schlegel and Kierkegaard to Derrida and de Man

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780823240128
eISBN:
9780823240166
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823240128.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

No writer in the 20th century was more responsive to the possibilities and pitfalls of irony than Paul de Man. Although the term “irony” is not deployed in sustained manner in his last writings, it ... More


Legacies of Paul de Man

Marc Redfield (ed.)

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823227600
eISBN:
9780823240951
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823227600.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

More than twenty years after his death, Paul de Man remains a haunting presence in the American academy. His name is linked not just with deconstruction, but with a deconstruction in America that ... More


Mistake in Paul de Man: Violent Reading and Theotropic Violence

Marc Redfield

in The Political Archive of Paul de Man: Property, Sovereignty and the Theotropic

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780748665617
eISBN:
9780748676637
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748665617.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

A close reading of de Man's work suggests that the unstable difference between contingency and compulsion, or randomness and systematicity, haunts the political and theological themes addressed in ... More


Romanticism and the Heritage of Rousseau

Thomas McFarland

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198182870
eISBN:
9780191673894
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182870.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

This book presents a timely and thorough-going critique of recent thinking on Romanticism. Beginning from the conviction that Rousseau may well have been the most important cultural figure of the ... More


Literature without External Reference: Tautology in Wallace Stevens and Paul de Man

Andrew Goldstone

in Fictions of Autonomy: Modernism from Wilde to de Man

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199861125
eISBN:
9780199332724
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199861125.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Chapter Four treats what may be the most radical autonomy fiction of all, the claim to a semiotic freedom by which the artwork refuses to refer to the real. This version of autonomy is crucial to the ... More


Inscribing the Political: Paul de Man and the Wild Art of Letter Writing

Kevin Newmark

in The Political Archive of Paul de Man: Property, Sovereignty and the Theotropic

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780748665617
eISBN:
9780748676637
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748665617.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter asks how the passage from trope to performance occurs in the writing of Paul de Man. Where does the emergence of a language of power from a language of cognition be said to occur as an ... More


The Body in Ruins: Torture, Allegory, and Materiality in J. M. Coetzee's Waiting for the Barbarians

Russell Samolsky

in Apocalyptic Futures: Marked Bodies and the Violence of the Text in Kafka, Conrad, and Coetzee

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780823234790
eISBN:
9780823241248
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823234790.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter begins by considering what is at stake in Coetzee's ascription of his novel Waiting for the Barbarians to his doppelgänger JC from Diary of a Bad Year. How might we regard the changes ... More


Machinal Effects: Derrida With and Without de Man

Andrzej Warminski

in Ideology, Rhetoric, Aesthetics: For de Man

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780748681266
eISBN:
9780748693764
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748681266.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter attempts to disentangle Derrida's perversely argumentative account of de Man's reading of Rousseau (in ‘Excuses’) from what de Man's text actually says — which turns out to be not all ... More


In Defence of Rhetoric

Brian Vickers

Published in print:
1989
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198117919
eISBN:
9780191671128
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198117919.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

Setting out to reinstate rhetoric, this book opens with an overview of the rhetorical system as developed in classical times. It surveys and analyses material from Aristotle to Plato through the ... More


De Man vs. ‘Deconstruction’: Or, Who, Today, Speaks for the Anthropocene?

Tom Cohen

in The Political Archive of Paul de Man: Property, Sovereignty and the Theotropic

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780748665617
eISBN:
9780748676637
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748665617.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter argues that De Man's draft of Textual Allegories returns one to a site in which the (then) future trajectory of ‘deconstruction’ was unformed. His instinct was to cut it off in advance, ... More


The Utter Misery of the Human Mind: Apotropaic and Theotropic in de Man's Rousseau

Nigel Mapp

in The Political Archive of Paul de Man: Property, Sovereignty and the Theotropic

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780748665617
eISBN:
9780748676637
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748665617.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter argues that De Man's rhetorical readings not only make the apparent demystification of emotion a vital moment, but also enlist them as a critical thrust in some readings. His severity ... More


Theotropic Logology: J. Hillis Miller, Paul de Man and Kenneth Burke

Steven Mailloux

in The Political Archive of Paul de Man: Property, Sovereignty and the Theotropic

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780748665617
eISBN:
9780748676637
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748665617.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter explores some published and unpublished exchanges among J. Hillis Miller, Paul de Man, and Kenneth Burke, all of whom practised a kind of theotropic logology, the study of words about ... More


Irony on Occasion: From Schlegel and Kierkegaard to Derrida and de Man

Kevin Newmark

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780823240128
eISBN:
9780823240166
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823240128.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

What is it about irony—as an object of serious philosophical reflection and a literary technique of considerable elasticity—that makes it an occasion for endless critical debate? This book responds ... More


The Paul De Man Notebooks

Paul de Man

Martin McQuillan (ed.)

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780748641048
eISBN:
9781474400954
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641048.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This anthology opens up Paul de Man's archive of notebooks, critical texts and papers for the first time and offers a fascinating insight into the work of one of the twentieth century's most ... More


Rhetoric and Rausch: de Man on Nietzsche on Value and Style

Stephen Barker

in The Political Archive of Paul de Man: Property, Sovereignty and the Theotropic

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780748665617
eISBN:
9780748676637
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748665617.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Among the most important (and ubiquitous) themes running through Paul de Man's critique of Nietzsche, particularly given its Rousseauesque framework, is the relationship among rhetoric, value, and ... More


Allegories of Reference: An Introduction to Aesthetic Ideology

Andrzej Warminski

in Ideology, Rhetoric, Aesthetics: For de Man

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780748681266
eISBN:
9780748693764
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748681266.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter presents a detailed exposition of de Man's project in Aesthetic Ideology and how it relates to the rhetorical readings in his Allegories of Reading. It ends with a reading of de Man's ... More


The Political Archive of Paul de Man: Property, Sovereignty and the Theotropic

Martin McQuillan (ed.)

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780748665617
eISBN:
9780748676637
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748665617.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Taking de Man's recently published manuscript Textual Allegories as a point of departure, thirteen chapters here revisit de Man's account of Rousseau and what he calls a ‘Theotropic Allegory’ (the ... More


The Fractured Organic: Lawrence's Aesthetics

Fernihough Anne

in D. H. Lawrence: Aesthetics and Ideology

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198112358
eISBN:
9780191670770
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112358.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter examines Lawrence's concept of aesthetics, allegory, and symbol. The organic metaphor is a particularly complex and confusing one because it aspires to transcend its own metaphoric ... More


Paul de Man at Work: What Good is an Archive?

J. Hillis Miller

in The Political Archive of Paul de Man: Property, Sovereignty and the Theotropic

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780748665617
eISBN:
9780748676637
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748665617.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter suggests that de Man can be understood by studying the various versions of his writings by way of the Archive. De Man was prophetically aware of the way assumptions about ‘the human’ and ... More


DNA: de Man's Nucleic Archive

Erin Obodiac

in The Political Archive of Paul de Man: Property, Sovereignty and the Theotropic

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780748665617
eISBN:
9780748676637
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748665617.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

While the theme of the present volume takes aim at Allegories of Reading, many of the contributors deliver on materials from Aesthetic Ideology or The Messenger Lectures. These two California ... More


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